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Revitalizing Historic Kansas City Address

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Kevin Collison
CityScene KC
An exterior wall of one of the limestone buildings still standing at 2000 Vine St. in Kansas City, Missouri.

A trio of Kansas City business owners is transforming 2000 Vine Street for office and retail use.

Two buildings at 2000 Vine Street that formerly housed Kansas City’s water and street departments have been abandoned since the 1970's.

The blighted structures built in 1866 were on the city’s dangerous buildings registry, deemed unsafe for a person to live or work in.

The new developers are driven by a basic commitment to do right by the community.

Co-owner Shamori Benton put it this way, "As we like to say, for Kansas City to be at its best, Vine must be at its best."

Among the new tenants will be Vine Street Brewing co-founded by Kansas City musician and craft brewer Kemet Coleman.

For Coleman, "it's really important to breathe life into these buildings and create new memories."

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