7th CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST SOLD TO DEVELOPER – SEEKS TO REPLACE IT WITH A BOX

7th CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST SOLD TO DEVELOPER – SEEKS TO REPLACE IT WITH A BOX

Location: 604 W 47th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

JH Investors, the developer of the Jack Henry Building, has completed the purchase of the church formerly owned by the Seventh Church of Christ Scientist with the intent to replace it with a box. The acquisition of the church is a move closer to demolition by the developer of a cherished and respected Plaza landmark.

A copy of the recorded deed along with the separately recorded memorandum evidences some type of lease back to the church. The deed was recorded Monday, February 10. That transfer occurred before the NPD City Council Committee hearing on February 12 that considered the height deviation request with respect to the Jack Henry Building.

Note, that the demolition of the church was sought by RED Development last year, which may or may not be associated with JH Investors. Historic Kansas City advocated against the demolition and was ultimately successful in our effort with the adoption of the Plaza Bowl Overlay District.

The Plaza Bowl Overlay Ordinance should prevent a new building over 45’ tall from being built on this site unless the deviation standard was grossly applied to allow additional, significant height. This is all the more reason for HKC and other supports of the Plaza to proceed expeditiously with the deviation standards.

Reach out to your 4th District Council Persons Today

Councilwoman Katheryn Shields (At-Large)

Phone: 816-513-6515

katheryn.shields@kcmo.org

 

Fourth District Councilman Eric Bunch

816-513-6517

Eric.Bunch@kcmo.org

The existing 1942 Romanesque Revival style church uniquely fits with the Plaza architecture and has no protection from demolition. This historic structure reflects and is a part of the core of Spanish architecture for which the Plaza is nationally known. That architecture is a major draw for businesses, visitors, as well as our community residents who seek a unique and pedestrian scale environment.

The goal of the recently adopted Overlay District 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.

What is allowed to happen at 47th and Pennsylvania could happen anywhere on the Plaza. That is why it is important that you share your concerns with your 4th District Councilmembers.