KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The grand opening of new apartments in Kansas City's historic Jazz District is another sign of redevelopment. Since 1990, the city has spent more than $70 million redeveloping the area by preserving the history while attracting people to move back to the area. City leaders hope the new apartments will bring even more people back to the area. The apartment building is located at 18th and Highland in Kansas City, Mo.
The City of Kansas City has spent the past six years renovating the former Rochester Hotel, along with several townhomes in the same block. The structures were built in the early 1900s, when the Jazz District flourished. Some of the best jazz musicians in the country who played in KC would stay at the Rochester. But the area began to deteriorate in the 1950s. The jazz clubs closed, people moved away and the buildings became vacant. In the 1989, then-city councilman Emanuel Clever, (D) MO - Fifth District, spearheaded the redevelopment of the Jazz District. The new apartments is the latest sign that this area is thriving once again.
"It's as authentic as it can be," Clever said. "This is a $4.5 million dollar project on 18th and Vine, and so for people who are saying there's nothing going on in Kansas City, they're wrong. And for people who say 18th and Vine, that progress is no longer moving, they're wrong."
The Rochester Hotel will now be called the Apartments at Highland Place. In addition, several homes on the street have been redeveloped and will also be rented out.
Mayor Sly James and Congressman Clever attended the ribbon cutting of the new 22-unit apartment building on Monday.
The cost of rent has not yet been disclosed, but other one and two bedroom apartments in the Jazz District range from $600 to $700 a month.