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2019 Most Endangered List

This year’s list includes a century-old saddlery & mercantile store, a bank, African-American sites, commercial districts and corridors, modern architecture, and neighborhood commercial nodes. Historic properties are selected for listing based on several criteria; sites must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or the KC Register of Historic Places, and sites must be subject to a serious threat to their existence or historical, architectural integrity.

The list is based on information publicly available at the time of deliberation and allowing a reasonable interval for preparing the list and publishing it.  The list is a call for action by all stakeholders. It follows no prioritization order.

August 14, 2019

Plaza Bowl Special Character Overlay District

Following a two year process involving dozens of property owners, city officials, developers and citizens, the Council approved the third expansion of the Plaza Bowl Overlay District, championed by Councilwoman Shields and led by HKC. As a city ordinance, it codifies existing recommendations, adding more “teeth” to height and use regulations for the heart of our iconic Country Club Plaza.

The goal of the Overlay is to preserve the character and integrity of the Plaza, maintain the Plaza Bowl concept, and protect the property values and expectations of Plaza property owners, residents and visitors. The overlay district is a major “win” for preservation in Kansas City.

How did we get here? Adoption of the overlay was a top priority of the Midtown Plaza Area Plan, resulting from 3 years of community engagement, of which HKC was a major player. Adoption of the overlay district enables future developers and current owners to reasonably rely upon and predict what heights and uses will be allowed for future buildings.
HKC’s position: Would it not be better for everyone if we have a clear development policy that no longer necessitates neighborhoods bringing 500 people down to city hall to fight development that is inconsistent with the Plan. An overlay district will defuse sometimes contentious and protracted processes that take away from a coherent and orderly development of the concentric rings around the base of the Country Club Plaza.

Current property owners already have substantial investments in the Plaza area. 50% of the impacted developers/landowners, Taubman (owners of the Plaza), area neighborhoods and stakeholders support this overlay. No one is averse to development. We want reasonable development consistent with City adopted policy, the Midtown Plaza Area Plan.

June 14, 2019

Westport District Master Plan

We are happy to announce that the City Council has approved the Westport District Master Plan. Top priorities of the Plan include: the adoption of a Special Character Overlay District for the commercial corridors of Westport Road and Pennsylvania, which would allow Westport to evolve in a way that is sensitive to the existing context and consistent in character, the creation of local register districts in adjacent residential neighborhoods, and targeted downzoning.

HKC was part of a collaborative planning effort with the Westport Regional Business League and the City of Kansas City to develop a Plan for Westport. HKC’s involvement has had an impact in three major ways: 1) Making sure that the things that we all love about Westport are maintained; 2) Integrated the historic resources survey into planning analysis to inform better planning decisions for Westport, and 3) a clear vision was established for Westport by defining character areas and where change is acceptable.

How did we get here? For three years, HKC undertook a strategic effort working with area partners who were concerned about the pace and scale of development that will change the face of historic Westport. To inform planning decisions, HKC undertook a GoFundMe campaign and retained Rosin Preservation to complete a survey of Westport’s cultural resources. We worked with Councilwoman Shields to secure the adoption of a 6-month development suspension ordinance, establishing a non-threatening context for community planning. And for the past 18 months, HKC was part of a collaborative planning effort with the Westport Regional Business League and the City Planning & Development Department to develop the Plan for Westport.

HKC is committed to working with area partners to seek the adoption of a Special Character Overlay District ordinance and other implementation items.

June 13, 2019

2019 Most Endangered Nominations Form

Historic Kansas City has used its annual list of Most Endangered Buildings to spotlight important examples of architectural and cultural heritage that were at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.

Do you know of a threatened historic place? If so, nominate it for the 2019 list of the Most Endangered. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, July 8, 2019.

Inclusion on the Most Endangered list has proven beneficial for Kansas City’s historic places. For some properties, nomination to the list is a last chance for survival.

A “Most Endangered” designation:
• Focuses media and public attention on the plight of threatened historic places
• Spurs positive action and generates public support
• Creates opportunities for preservation solutions

What is an endangered property?
• A threatened historic place important to the community
• An irreplaceable local landmark fallen into disrepair
• An architecturally significant building or structure that’s been abandoned
• A historic district or building type threatened by poor planning or public policy

If you know of a historic resource that fits these descriptions, do something!

Nominate the property for inclusion on the Most Endangered list and make the effort to preserve it heard around Kansas City. The nomination process is simple, see attached.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, July 8, 2019.

June 06, 2019

2021 Vendor and Craftsman Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

It benefits to partner with Historic Kansas City!

Historic Kansas City (HKC) is in a unique position to encourage forward-thinking about historic preservation and its importance in the life of our community while highlighting outstanding projects undertaken by companies like yours – companies that are an integral part of the preservation community. Whether it is to provide opportunities to reach a high-quality audience or to support economic growth or to protect tangible history, we know our events and outreach initiatives provide an atmosphere that is unmatched in their ability to bring together like-minded companies and individuals who have an interest in making historic preservation economically viable. As the design and construction industry continues to evolve and grow, relationships are increasingly important.

HKC’s annual sponsorship program is specifically focused on supporting the development of strategic connections between our members, followers, and sponsors.

FIVE reasons why YOU should be a sponsor:

Give more and get more every month! As an HKC Annual Sponsor, your firm will gain multiple exclusive opportunities to reach HKC members, followers, firms, and allied professionals while demonstrating your commitment to promoting a high-quality built environment.

Exposure: Each year, HKC promotes outreach initiatives and networking events which offer unique opportunities to highlight your business directly to the local preservation community and to other participating industry leaders.

Positioning: Support the program areas that matter most to your business while positioning your company as a leader and trusted information source. These are excellent opportunities to differentiate your firm from your competition by aligning your business mission and goals with ours.

Relationship-Building: Use this opportunity to build long-term relationships that count. Develop the key relationships needed for your company/firm to maximize its potential in an ever-more competitive industry.

Deductible Business Expense: HKC is a 501-c- 3 organization. All or part of your sponsorship may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution for state or federal tax purposes. Consult with your tax advisor.

HKC’s annual sponsorship program offers a range of sponsorship opportunities to give you direct marketing and visibility benefits for 12-months.

For more information click HERE.

January 18, 2019

Development Plans – 604 W. 47th St.

The Plaza’s historic nature is immediately threatened by the demolition of the 7th Church of Christ Scientist at the corner of 47th and Pennsylvania to be replaced with a 12-story, mixed-use project by Legacy Development.

January 17, 2019

Young Preservationist Board Member Application

Over the past year, The Young Preservationist, KC (YP) has undergone several significant changes, and
we are writing today to share the exciting future we have in front of us for this organization. After
months of talking to other successful young boards in the Kansas City area the YP has decided on a
mission statement. The Young Preservationist organization will focus on raising awareness of
preservation activities in the community by supporting the parent organization Historic Kansas City;
while simultaneously offering a chance to meet new people, talk about the history of the built
environment in Kansas City, network and enjoy social events.

The main activities of the YP organization are the following:
• Bar Series (Quarterly Educational history lesson of historic bar in KC)
• Party Planning (Help parent organization HKC with annual social event)
• YP chosen annual advocacy issue (Guidance from HKC)
• Outreach for expanding YP membership

The YP Board will meet every other month in 2019, each meeting will be about 2 hours in duration. There
may also be some follow-up questions/discussions by email. The YP board will consist of approximately
6-8 people all under the age of 40 years old.

Historic Kansas City, as the parent organization, is looking to provide meaningful engagement and
leadership skills to the Young Preservationist Board members. We hope you consider joining the arsenal
of highly motivated volunteer talent that join young non-profit boards in Kansas City every day. Whether
you’re brand new to YP, or have been a member for a few years, we would like for you to consider
applying for a board role in the Young Preservationist. See attached forms. Please feel free to reach
out to us at HKCF@historickansascity.org if you have any additional questions. Also, check us out on our
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricKC/

January 14, 2019