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A Home for Artists Planned Downtown
October 9, 2013
Article reports on a proposal from a Minneapolis developer, Sherman Associates, to renovate the historic Scarritt Building (818 Grand Blvd) into an afforable living and work space for local artists. The...
Actor's Charity Takes up KC Cause
February 21, 2012
The Make It Right Foundation (founded by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt) and BNIM architects will renovate the former Bancroft School at 4300 Tracy Ave. that was closed in 2000. "The $14 million project...
As Latest Boom Ends, What's Next for KC?
September 18, 2011
Spurred by the completion of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, authors reflect on building booms in Kansas City since the 1930s, each followed by a lull. Includes a timeline for Kansas City's...
Boutique Hotel to Open in a Year
January 15, 2011
The former Gate City National Bank building at 1111 Grand Boulevard will undergo an $11 million renovation to become the 43-room Grand Hotel. From 2000 to 2006 the building housed Club Chemical, "a nightclub...
Building Gets New Life For Artistic Purposes
May 15, 2007
The 13-story Ozark Building built in 1911 and located at 906 Grand is to become a central destination and gathering place for the arts community. The building is owned by UMB and the new name is pARTnership...
Century-old Buildings in KC get a Reprieve
January 8, 2013
Article on the effort to prevent the four buildings at 110 through 118 West Armour from being demolished. The Old Hyde Park Historic District, along with the Historic Kansas City Foundation and Kansas...
Cerner, Soccer Set to Provide an Added Spark
January 21, 2010
Short article accompanied by drawing and map for the $400-million development around the Kansas Speedway that will add an 11-acre Wizards stadium project and 58-acre Cerner office complex in Wyandotte...
Church Buys Landmark
October 2, 2010
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has purchased the New York Life Building (20 W. 9th St) as well as the adjoining office space and parking garage. The building will house the Diocese's administrative...
Downtown Project Gets a New Deadline
January 28, 2011
The building that once housed the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, located at 925 Grand Boulevard, is part of a redevelopment plan by Jason Townsend. Townsend purchased the 90-year old building in...
For Sale: A Jewel in Downtown KC
April 3, 2012
Article reports that the historic Power & Light Building is for sale by its current owners. Many of the structure's architectural details and history are described, as well as efforts by developers to...
Hey! A Better Housing Market!
November 15, 2011
A shortage in downton housing has developers looking into buildings for renovation into condos. Two possible buildings are the Pickwick complex at 9th and McGee streets and the former Federal Reserve Bank...
Historic Building Comes Back to Live
August 30, 2011
Trozzolo Communications Group renovates the former four-story brick Nelkin-Piper Building at Eight and Wyandotte streets. It cost the firm $6.5 million. The building “originally was a millinery factory,...
Huge Complex Nearly Half Done
October 18, 2011
The Honeywell nuclear weapon parts plant being built off Missouri 150 at Botts Road will have five huge concrete structures ("the largest could encompass 13 football fields"). A million dollars is "being...
Irate Plaza Fans Object to Plan
August 21, 2010
The Polsinelli Shughart law firm plans to build an eight-story building on the northeast corner of 47th Street and Broadway which will require razing a 1920s "balcony building" as well as 96-unit Neptune...
Katz Drug Building Could Get a New Life
August 14, 2009
Developer Brent Lambi wants to renovate the historic store located on Main Street and "restore it to its original charm." Lambi is in the process of purchasing the building that was declared a city landmark...
KC Art Institute Plans to Raze Historic House
December 13, 2012
Article announces that the Kansas City Art Institute plans to demolish a historic Kansas City home located at 4347 Oak Street in the Southmoreland neighborhood. The article documents KCAI's decision to...
KC's Cosby Hotel Wins a Reprieve
July 21, 2010
Due to lobbying by historic preservationists and downtown residents, the 1881 Cosby Hotel building at 9th and Baltimore Ave. will not be demolished as planned. City officials agreed instead to fix a crumbling...
Landmark Courthouse in Makeover
January 19, 2010
Financing for the renovation of the historic U.S. Courthouse finally is in place and a Wisconsin developer, Alexander Co., is moving ahead with the project. The nine-story courthouse at 811 Grand Boulevard...
Legal Tussle Focuses on Landmark New York Life Building
August 12, 2010
Brenda Wood, owner of Professional Cleaning and Innovative Building Services, has sued the Kansas City Power and Light Co. for breaking a contract to sell her the historic New York Life Building at 20...
Local Group Steps Out From Shadows
August 31, 2010
Article reports on the resurgence of the Historic Kansas City Foundation. The group has received recent publicity for its efforts to save the historic Cosby Hotel building (900 Baltimore Ave.) from demolition,...
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