KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Plans to demolish a historic part of midtown Kansas City have been knocked down.
It took them nearly six hours to decide, but in the end, the decision was unanimous.
Four buildings on West Armour in the Old Hyde Park neighborhood have been abandoned for four years now and look to be in bad shape but are now here to say.
The owners at Mac Properties want to replace them with a new 40-unit complex.
The problem is, what’s there right now has been there for more than 100 years and many who live nearby don’t want to see it change.
The owners said it’s cheaper to start all over instead of restoring the units.
But, that wasn’t enough to convince members to give them permission, an answer that some neighbors were extremely happy to hear.
"Those four buildings really solidify the integrity of the historical features of that block and really our whole neighborhood,” Old Hyde Park resident Martin Phillips said. “We’re in a historic neighborhood and coming in through the gateway and seeing those buildings gone would just be hard to swallow.”
The buildings will stay and the owners are now required to maintain them and bring them up to code..
Owners at Mac Properties were contacted but refused to comment.
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