Residents fight to save historic buildings along Armour Blvd.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some neighbors along Armour Boulevard are concerned about the destruction of some historic buildings in the area.

A demolition crew was supposed to just remove a rotting balcony on one of the historic apartment buildings. Instead, workers destroyed beautiful columns at the entrance, along with an ornate brick archway that you don't see in modern structures anymore.

The apartment buildings have been vacant since 2008, but Rae Petersen and her husband have lived across the street since 2000.

She says the apartments were in decent shape and livable when a developer purchased them, but have since been allowed to deteriorate. She believes with proper maintenance, they'd be good for another 100 years.

"I saw the machine operator pick up the column, put it through a hole they had created in the wall and then get it inside the building very carefully and then drop the column, and it broke," Petersen said. "So it seems to be intentional."

The city council previously voted against allowing the owner, MAC Properties, to demolish the apartments. But the city did allow MAC to take down parts of the buildings that violated city codes. That was supposed to be several rotting, wooden balconies, not ornate columns and historic brick passageways.

The developer has told the city it will work closely with the historic preservation staff. There's going to be a meeting Friday to discuss why more than just the balconies were demolished and how to prevent more damage to buildings some people on Armour want to see saved.

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