Proposed Plaza Office Building
Jan is committed to maintaining the Plaza as the premiere shopping, living, and business area in Kansas City. She lives, shops and dines on the Plaza because of its amenities and charm. She strongly objected to the original Highwoods proposal, as did her colleagues of the City Council and worked to ensure that an appropriate plan was developed.
The third version of the Highwoods proposal was approved by our city planners, the past and current city councils, and the Kansas City branch of the American Institute of Architects.
- The City Planning Department found that the seven-story office building complies with the Plaza Plan. It would replace a four -story apartment building atop a parking structure now on the site.
- Highwoods made significant modifications to its original design to conform to the bowl concept of the Plaza plan and the architectural feel of the area.
- An independent traffic study was conducted and parking along Broadway will be eliminated to reduce congestion and provide for deliveries for the 810 Zone and Pottery Barn.
- The building requires NO tax incentives (in other words, no TIF would be used). It is a $50+ million privately financed development and would generate approximately 500 construction jobs.
- The proposed tenant would be 500 well-paid attorneys and support staff.
The city will work to ensure that work is done during appropriate hours and the truck and other traffic related to the construction is help to a minimum.
Jan continues to work with all interested parties to ensure that we achieve our shared goal of maintaining the Plaza as the premiere shopping, living, and business area.