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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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
Making History for KC Again
May 13, 2010
The Kansas City Symphony "relocated to its new space in the restored Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte streets on May 1." The $24 million renovation of the building was philanthropist...
Nixon Leads Cheers for Sports-Fan Firm
August 23, 2012
Sporting Innovations, a technology firm that develops smartphone applications for sports venues and fans, plans to invest 20 million to renovate the Hanna Rubber building at 1517 Baltimore Ave. The company...
Old Building, New Mission
April 6, 2011
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has begun the move to its new home inside the New York Life building at 20 W. Ninth St. It will be called "The Catholic Center" and house the chancery offices...
Opera Getting Support Center
June 8, 2011
The Lyric Opera's new administrative and production complex is in the Crossroads Arts District in a former boat manufacturing building at 712 E. 18th Street. The first phase of the renovation of the 30,000-square-foot...
Tax Credits Help Revamp Regis Hotel
January 18, 2013
Article announces that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has approved $13.5 million in tax credits to restore the historic St. Regis Hotel, located at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and the...
Things Looking Up for Building
July 27, 2011
The 130-year old Cosby Hotel building at Ninth Street and Baltimore Avenue has been purchased by the Sunflower Development Group. The firm's principals, Lon Booher and Jason Swords, plan to convert the...
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