OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

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OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:37 am

New thread for the OPUS development project at Broadway and Westport Road. This project would replace the Bank of America building at the corner as well as much (all?) of the surface parking along Westport Road and Broadway.

Star Article: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 26308.html

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:04 pm

Didn't someone find the new renderings?

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:11 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:Didn't someone find the new renderings?


It's out there, not sure if it can be shared though.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby KCtoBrooklyn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:33 pm

How do the new renderings vary from the original?

Here is the original rendering:

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Here is another one posted in a more recent article that appears pretty much identical:

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:32 pm

The second one you posted is the newest one I have. Besides the additional brick, a few small changes facing Westport Rd, and the rooftop deck covering, I didn't notice much. I'll hopefully be meeting with the developer in the next week, I'll see if I can get any more info. Is there anything you all would like to know?

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby kboish » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:21 pm

mykn wrote:The second one you posted is the newest one I have. Besides the additional brick, a few small changes facing Westport Rd, and the rooftop deck covering, I didn't notice much. I'll hopefully be meeting with the developer in the next week, I'll see if I can get any more info. Is there anything you all would like to know?


Is adaptive reuse/incorporation of the existing bank structure at all on their radar or have they ruled that out totally at this point?

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:00 am

kboish wrote:
mykn wrote:The second one you posted is the newest one I have. Besides the additional brick, a few small changes facing Westport Rd, and the rooftop deck covering, I didn't notice much. I'll hopefully be meeting with the developer in the next week, I'll see if I can get any more info. Is there anything you all would like to know?


Is adaptive reuse/incorporation of the existing bank structure at all on their radar or have they ruled that out totally at this point?


I want to ask about that, but I think it's out.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:11 pm

ruled out. the arguments are (a) they need to demo to make way for the underground parking that meets the city/neighborhood minimums and (b) the current owner will demolish it anyway.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Mon May 01, 2017 10:04 am

Hey Everyone, There will be a public meeting with OPUS on Wednesday (5/3) at 7PM at Tower Tavern (401 E 31st St). It will be hosted by Old Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, however anyone is free to come to the meeting. If you are in favor of this project, I would urge you to come out and support it. The Neighborhood Assn has been asked to come out against the project, but has not taken a vote yet. Please show up to support it and hopefully we can get a vote of support from the Neighborhood Assn (I think it is very possible and would be, I think, the first Midtown Neighborhood Assn that would come out in support of the project).

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby kcjak » Mon May 01, 2017 10:35 am

mykn wrote:Hey Everyone, There will be a public meeting with OPUS on Wednesday (5/3) at 7PM at Tower Tavern (401 E 31st St). It will be hosted by Old Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, however anyone is free to come to the meeting. If you are in favor of this project, I would urge you to come out and support it. The Neighborhood Assn has been asked to come out against the project, but has not taken a vote yet. Please show up to support it and hopefully we can get a vote of support from the Neighborhood Assn (I think it is very possible and would be, I think, the first Midtown Neighborhood Assn that would come out in support of the project).


Who has asked the Neighborhood Association to come out against the project?

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Mon May 01, 2017 11:58 am

kcjak wrote:
mykn wrote:Hey Everyone, There will be a public meeting with OPUS on Wednesday (5/3) at 7PM at Tower Tavern (401 E 31st St). It will be hosted by Old Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, however anyone is free to come to the meeting. If you are in favor of this project, I would urge you to come out and support it. The Neighborhood Assn has been asked to come out against the project, but has not taken a vote yet. Please show up to support it and hopefully we can get a vote of support from the Neighborhood Assn (I think it is very possible and would be, I think, the first Midtown Neighborhood Assn that would come out in support of the project).


Who has asked the Neighborhood Association to come out against the project?


Mary Jo Draper. I'm not sure if she's part of an organization doing it, but she's been asking NAs around Westport to oppose it. We went to her meeting last week to voice our support for the project.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby brewcrew1000 » Mon May 01, 2017 12:33 pm

Does she still do that one site called Midtown Post KC?

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Mon May 01, 2017 1:07 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:Does she still do that one site called Midtown Post KC?


Yep!

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby kcjak » Mon May 15, 2017 12:49 pm

Mary Jo Draper is soliciting residents opposed to this development to attend the City Planning meeting tomorrow as a show of solidarity against it. On the Nextdoor app she claims that 3/4 of residents attending meetings with the developer are in opposition.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby grovester » Mon May 15, 2017 1:16 pm

I saw that Historic KC was opposed as well.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby brewcrew1000 » Mon May 15, 2017 2:24 pm

It would be interesting to see if these same exact people who want to save the building save it but then there is another use for the building. Like the building becomes a Strip Club or a Halfway House or some kind of seedy business. Wonder if they would just sit on the sidelines and not care because there precious building was saved and low density restored.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby DaveKCMO » Mon May 15, 2017 7:35 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:It would be interesting to see if these same exact people who want to save the building save it but then there is another use for the building. Like the building becomes a Strip Club or a Halfway House or some kind of seedy business. Wonder if they would just sit on the sidelines and not care because there precious building was saved and low density restored.


zoning probably prevents that. i actually think they would fight it (or someone would).

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Mon May 15, 2017 9:56 pm

I guess this is better late than never, but the CPC meeting for the zoning change for this project is tomorrow. If you support this project, please email Patty Noll and express your support, it only takes a few minutes and makes a big difference! There will be a lot of people opposing this project at the actual meeting, so if you can go, that's even better (meeting is at Tuesday, May 16th, 9 am, 26th Floor, City Hall).

If you email, please also CC the following people:

patty.noll@kcmo.org
katheryn.shields@kcmo.org
jolie.justus@kcmo.org
quinton.lucas@kcmo.org
heather.hall@kcmo.org
scott.taylor@kcmo.org
katrina.foster@kcmo.org
lee.barnes@kcmo.org
Keema.McCoy@kcmo.org

Here's an example letter:

May 4, 2017

Ms. Patty Noll

City Planning & Development Department

414 East 12 th Street

Kansas City, MO 64106

RE: Support for Westport Apartments

Dear Ms. Noll,

Hello, my name is ________ and I have been a property owner in the ___________ Neighborhood

adjacent to Westport for over ___ years. I am writing all of you to express my support for the Westport

Apartments project on the southeast corner of Westport Road and Broadway.

The proposed building has been well thought-out and complements the surrounding area. The design

and scale of this project is very appropriate for the flavor and character of Westport and will improve

the existing streetscape in a fresh and relevant way.

Additionally, this project fulfills the need for transit-oriented development in Westport and encourages

a bike/walk mentality for a modern KC.

And finally, this project will be great for the Westport neighborhood and the surrounding

neighborhoods of Midtown. It stands to bring-in around 300 residents which will boost economic

activity and add a significant residential voice to keep Westport safer and stronger.

As a City, we need to continue to promote and encourage urban living. This is what our community

desires for future development in Midtown and beyond. Please continue the promotion of urban revival

for our city by passing along my vote of support to the Planning Commission and City Council for

approval of the Opus Westport Apartments development plan.

Sincerely,

______________

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue May 16, 2017 9:00 am

I just emailed them my support

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby mykn » Tue May 16, 2017 10:18 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:I just emailed them my support


Awesome! Thanks!


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