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Plaza Apartments to Reopen After Zoning Fight

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Plaza apartment building slated to be demolished is getting a second change thanks to a new owner. The Neptune Apartments near 46th & Broadway will remain in tact.

In 2011, the building was at the center of a development fight. Highwoods, the owner of the Country Club Plaza wanted to tear down the apartment building to make way for a new headquarters for the Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm.

Highwoods forced all tenants to leave the 96 unit apartment building and eventually won a rezoning change to allow an eight story office building to be built on the site. After opponents of the plan gathered petition signatures to force a vote to overturn the rezoning, Polsinelli Shughart decided to build a new headquarters at the West Edge Development instead.

Now, a year later, new owner Price Brothers will clean up the Neptune Building and upgrade the apartments interiors.

“Quite frankly, the Neptune Apartment Building itself is not what I would call architecturally significant,” said Dan Cofran, Legal Counsel with Friends of the Plaza Inc. “It was designed to be consistent with architectural style of the plaza. what’s important is the size and scale of  the building. It’s consistent with architecture of the plaza. that was the main issue in the zoning dispute, size and scale and use.”

Monte Wendler of Price Brothers declined FOX 4’s request for an interview. The apartments are expected to go back on the market sometime in 2012.

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