© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Committee Endorses Plaza Office Building


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A proposed high-rise office building on the Country Club Plaza was endorsed by the city council planning and zoning committee despite passionate statements by a number of objectors.

Among those testifying against the plan were descendants of J. C. Nichols, the founder of the Plaza.

The resolutions as endorsed by the committee include the intention of a protective "overlay" plan for the existing retail area of the Plaza.

Opponents are not happy with that concession, saying it would still allow the current owner, Highwoods Properties to change the use of 150,000 square feet of current retail space without approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

That would be in addition to the proposed office building, for which Highwoods says it is not absolutely certain it still has a tenant.

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.