Parts of historic W. Armour buildings torn down, neighbors upset

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A demolition project on a set of apartments on W. Armour Boulevard left more damage than it should have.

Rae Peterson watched as a construction worker destroyed more than just the rotting balcony he was assigned to demolish.

"I watched a machine operator pick up the column, put it inside the building and let it drop and break in half," she said.

Peterson and her husband live across the street from the apartments that have been empty since 2008.

MAC Properties owns the buildings and wanted to demolish them to turn the land into parking space for the surrounding properties they own.

However, earlier this year city council members voted against allowing them to destroy the buildings. The owners were, however, allowed to destroy parts of the building that were in code violation.

Earlier this month, crews took down several wooden balconies that were rotting, but also destroyed columns and a brick passageway that is considered historic.

The city ordered them to stop and admit the company violated their agreement.

For Petersen, the brick and columns are more than just part of a building.

"They've been here for a long time and I think they deserve a chance to stay without being the victims of greed," Petersen said.

A representative from MAC Properties said they are working closely with the Kansas City Historic Preservation staff.

The developers will meet with city personnel on Friday to discuss what went wrong during the demolition and how to prevent more damage from happening again.

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