Group picks up new members
worked to reach out and come up with a practical solution to get people to work together.
“We shifted from being reactive to proactive to work for solutions rather than getting in front of the bulldozers.”
That new approach is expected to set the tone for opposition to Highwoods’ proposal to build a $57 million, eightstory headquarters for the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
Although Highwoods has backed off demolition of the old Balcony Building, the historic foundation believes the plan violates Plaza height restrictions established in 1989. The “bowl” plan shifts taller buildings to the perimeter of the Plaza and restricts those in the core to no taller than three stories.
“The City Council needs to follow the Plaza design plan,” Lane said. “Highwoods is not entitled to a zoning change.”
Highwoods representatives have argued the Plaza design plan is a guideline for the council, not a set of mandatory rules.
Long term, the foundation wants to pursue local landmark status for the Plaza, a designation that would provide the city with more authority over changes to the architecture.
The Cosby Hotel, one of downtown Kansas City’s oldest commercial buildings, is scheduled to be demolished.