OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby earthling » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:54 pm

^Those are CAVEs- Citizens Against Virtually Everything

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby FangKC » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:56 am

In the future, there needs to be a proactive compromise put in place that essentially protects the significant historic buildings in-and-around Westport from demolition, but allows for new development of higher density buildings on vacant lots, or to replace less-significant buildings. This needs to be done soon. It would set the rules for development around Westport.

The City needs to revamp the landmarking ordinances and recognize that some buildings and districts are essential to the history of the City, and that their history contributes to economic development--not detracts from it. However, there also needs to be recognition from the purists that we also need real estate development in and around landmarked buildings. No landmarked building truly can contribute if it's sitting alone isolated in a no-mans land.

One can argue the merits of keeping the former bank building, and working around it. I tend to agree that could have been done. The arguments that the building density proposed is too large is ridiculous. That is a major intersection. Densities change all the time, as they should. Yes, one could make the argument that 30-story building there is too much. However, the surrounding parcels are currently parking lots or other office buildings and retail. The proposed project is appropriate.

There are other parcels around Westport where larger buildings are appropriate -- like south and east of the Cost Plus World Market on the surface lots. There didn't used to be 15-to-20+ story buildings on the Plaza either--until there were.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby kcjak » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:34 am

The Star and a couple of tv stations have stated that neighborhoods near the OPUS development were against it. I live in Volker and usually attend the monthly neighborhood association meetings, and nothing was ever mentioned about an 'official' stance on the development - although I did miss the June meeting.

I posed a question to the VNA on their Facebook page about the process whereby residents vote on whether or not the association supports development issues (haven't heard back yet), but noticed that Mary Jo Draper's fingerprints are all over much of the related Facebook info on OPUS and Westport development. Regardless of whether or not I agree with Ms Draper's views, I don't want her speaking for me or the neighborhood. Can anyone confirm which neighborhood she lives it? I thought it was Valentine, but am not sure. Thanks

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby flyingember » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:20 am

She lives in Valentine about 7 blocks NE. You can thank her for putting her name on the property, made it really easy to find.

Really amazing, her mortgage is with another KC name, James B Nutter, who's chairman contributed to SmartKC in 2014, the anti streetcar group.
Their mortgage servicing center is at Archibald and Central, just across the street from this location.

I wonder what the odds are they're working together and she gets a special mortgage deal in turn. Wouldn't be the first time someone has ulterior motives to be against something.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby smh » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:37 pm

Fellow in the yellow shirt is Shields' PIAC rep. No wonder none of the projects that support walkable density get funded out of PIAC anymore...

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby KCtoBrooklyn » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:12 pm

Construction fencing is going up and the Bank of America has been vacated. Looks like demo/ground breaking may be imminent.

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby brewcrew1000 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:16 pm

Taking any bets on Mary Jo Draper tying herself to the building before the demolition starts

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Re: OPUS at Broadway Blvd and Westport Road

Postby atticus23 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:02 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: ^


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