Group picks up new mem­bers

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BUSINESS -

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.

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The Cosby Ho­tel, one of down­town Kansas City’s old­est com­mer­cial build­ings, is sched­uled to be de­mol­ished.

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