FangKC wrote:I wish the City would stop granting demolition permits on buildings that old UNTIL the developer has an architectural rending, and proven, approved financing to build their "proposed" project.
I don't disagree with you on principle, but practically speaking there's no way the city could enforce this. Private property rights allow a property owner to do anything they want with their property, including tearing down and doing nothing.
There's no requirement a tear down result in a new project.
All that's required is the owner maintain the property to the standards of their chosen use.
Land being more valuable in denser areas, this is why I have floated ideas about having a land special assessment in KC that is based on surrounding density. If your property is within a block of three multi-million dollar 14-story properties your new parking lot would be taxed based on the overall density of the surrounding area. Your direct property value tax will go down but the special assessment won't and your parking lot will need to charge a ton to afford it and wouldn't be a good use. It would discourage teardowns of buildings except in areas with nothing around and encourage people to convert lots to bigger uses as density increases around them. Moving outward in this idea, a bunch of single family homes would increase the taxes of an empty lot in a suburban area so tearing down a dangerous building wouldn't dramatically decrease taxes.