KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For years, developers and Midtown residents have been fighting for control over what to build on the Plaza. Many plans have failed, But it now appears neighbors are giving their support to build apartments.
The architects spent months talking to neighbors, getting their thoughts on what they wanted out of a new apartment building on this corner of 46th and Summit. The developers out of Leawood addressed their concerns on height and traffic congestion, and now they are hoping the City Council will give them the green light to move ahead.
When complete, the apartments would be a three-story structure, so it's not too tall like previous high rise apartment plans that neighbors rejected. There will be 67 units, and developers say the plans are in compliance with all city and residential codes.
It’s been quite the challenge over the years for any developer to build on the Plaza. For example, neighbors recently fought hard against a proposed plan to expand the West Plaza Quik Trip on Westport Road, and the plan failed.
Neighbors also fought to preserve apartments at 47th and Summit - a block away from the new proposal - and while they ultimately failed, they fought hard against tearing them down.
Over the years, developers have proposed new high rise apartments in different parts of the Plaza, but area residents have blocked many of those plans for various reasons.
The City Council will review the plans for this project Wednesday and Thursday, and then decide whether to rezone the area and let the developer move forward with the project.