Developer has plans to restore vacant Kansas City Power and Light Building

Council considers calling part of downtown blight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City council members will debate whether to designate a block downtown as blighted in order to give developers the opportunity for tax incentives. 

The Kansas City Power and Light Building on 13th and Baltimore has been mostly vacant for nearly 20 years.

NorthPoint Development wants to convert the building into upscale apartments for more than 300 people.

They're hoping to earn tax incentives after the buildings designated as a blighted area.

“It’s a large project and it’s got a lot of complication, but it’s definitely a building worth saving,” Mark Pomerenke, the VP of operations for the development company, said.

The $63 million project includes a rooftop lounge, an adjacent parking garage and space for retail.

Sean O'Byrn is on the Kansas City downtown council and has seen downtown go from unlivable, to more than 20,000 people settling in. 

He considers the block around the Kansas City Power and Light Building an eyesore.  

“You can certainly use economic blight on the office building because you just can’t lease it up anymore,” he said.

The project could be completed by the end of 2016. 

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