KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Less than a year after Nordstrom announced plans to close its store at Oak Park Mall and move to the Country Club Plaza, a full set of plans and renderings of the new store were released this week.
The two-story, 122,000 square-foot store, will sit at the end of the western terminus of Nichols Road in a building formerly occupied by The Capitol Grille and Bank of America.
As part of the submission earlier this month, plans call for a re-alignment of Jefferson Street that would shift the road slightly to the east, creating more space in front of the store and reducing the amount of street pedestrians would have to cross.
Earlier this week, the Kansas City Planning Commission recommended approval for a re-zoning request associated with the plan, contingent on developers meeting certain conditions.
Staff with the City’s Planning Department also recommended approval as long as developers meet certain conditions.
The report notes the proposed building “is a departure from the Spanish-style architecture” that’s found on any Plaza buildings.
The plan would demolish existing retail spaces and eliminate 217 parking garage spaces. To accommodate the store, the existing entrances to the parking garage next to the bank teller lanes will be removed. The main entrance to the garage will move north to an entrance next to Unity Temple.