Albeit a small step, this is still good to hear. I'd argue 5-10 years ago there would've been a good chance this building would be leveled.
"O’Reilly plans to convert the property into rental lofts and apartments. It will utilize federal and state historic credits associated with the historic preservation and adaptive use. The buildings will have a mix of studio, one-bedroom-one bath, and two-bedroom-two bath units.
Construction is scheduled to start at the end of the year with a completion date of spring 2015."
Read more here: www.kansascity.com/2013/06/21/...
I recently wrote on my blog about the endangered Midwest Hotel and did a rendering of what it could look like fixed up. www.thepedestrianpath.com/the-... The prime location is both a blessing and a curse for this corner lot. I fear the new owners will be blinded by dollar signs and forgo the effort to restore this potential beauty. It’s definitely worth noting that many of the neighborhood’s residents and even some visitors come to the Crossroads Arts District specifically because of historic buildings like this, despite its current condition. What a waste to not take advantage of its potential.
Interesting blog post about how preservation and the laws around it in the city may play a big part in the demolition of some of the most historic structures.
"We recently looked into historic preservation ordinances. In order to be effective, local ordinances must include maintenance provisions and ways to enforce such provisions. Without required maintenance, anyone wishing to demolish a historic property may simply let it go so completely that it becomes unsafe. At that point, demolition is not only the option preferred by the owner – it’s the only option."
When historic buildings are so dilapidated that redevelopment requires demolition, maintenance requirements in code obviously don't offer enough protection.
Lots of people deserve a pat of the back for saving this building. This great piece of Kansas City (built in 1881) is going to be turned into a bakery, deli, and pizzeria.
Tom that image is shocking and sad. Thank you for sharing here.
We're gong to hack together a Teardown Tattler for this year's National Day of Civic Hacking in KC. Also working with the good folks @ Neighborland to do so using their API. And they suggested we even use Neighborland to get ideas for who's doing what at #NDoCH. Brilliant.