Country Side Historic District Demolition Threat

Country Side Historic District Demolition Threat

Location: 236 W. 54th St. Kansas City, Missouri

THE INTEGRITY OF THE SIMPSON-YEOMANS/COUNTRY SIDE HISTORIC DISTRICT IS UNDER THREAT!

An application has been filed by the homeowners to demolish the existing historic home so they may construct a new home on the large corner lot at 236 W. 54th St. Case #CH-DR-2020-00009. This case was originally scheduled to be heard by the Historic Preservation Commission Friday, February 28th. The case was continued to March 27th, 2020

Many have asked what they can do. As an organization that works to create public awareness of endangered historic buildings of significance, Historic Kansas City has encouraged everyone to engage in the established city public process provided by the Preservation Commission.

Express your concerns to Bradley Wolf – City Historic Preservation Officer, Email: Bradley.Wolf@kcmo.org.

As a result, the community has certainly responded, with over 85,760 individuals reached, 29,105 engagements, 364 comments, and over 70 e-mails were received by the Preservation Commission as of March 3rd. If you care about the protection of historic homes and neighborhoods against the threat of “tear downs” Email your concerns to Bradley.Wolf@kcmo.org.

The applicant proposes to demolish the house due to deterioration and environmental concerns and the cost to repair those issues. The Georgian-revival style home was designed by the noted architectural firm of Shepard, Farrar & Wiser. The staff summary on page 3 reads “Therefore, the proposal to demolish the house is in violation with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation #2 and staff recommends denial of the application.”  However, it is the right of homeowners to be given the opportunity to present their case based upon deterioration and environmental concerns.

This application will involve a two-step hearing process.

  • The purpose of the March 27th hearing is to determine if the property is a contributing historic property and does it retain its historic integrity.
  • If the commission agrees with the staff summary of denial, the applicant will have the opportunity to claim economic hardship at the April 24th

View the applicants’ statement, maps, photographs and history regarding this property and the neighborhood, by clicking here to view the Historic Preservation Staff Report. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YUTDFEDd12vsEn0ioC5m5k78-mcpBOSZ/view

See recent sale details and images: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/236-W-54th-St-Kansas-City-MO-64112/2351579_zpid/