18th & Vine Improvements Plan Redevelopment Project Honored by Historic Kansas City with a 2017 Preservation Award; Project Recognized in the Neighborhood Stabilization Category
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018
Historic Kansas City (HKC) awarded one of its 2017 Preservation Awards to the 18th & Vine Improvements Plan Redevelopment Project, which won in the “Neighborhood Stabilization Award” category at a ceremony on Wednesday at Pickwick Plaza at 933 McGee St. in Kansas City, Mo.
“It is rewarding to have our work to redevelop the 18th & Vine District recognized by Historic Kansas City,” Third District City Councilmember Jermaine Reed said. “By historically stabilizing and preserving the buildings at 18th & Vine, which is one of those historic places in our community that define and differentiate Kansas City, we are preserving the long-term quality and character of our community. We are grateful our work to protect and enhance the unique 18th & Vine Historic District for future generations, as well as promote the neighborhoods around the District, is aligned with the efforts of this great nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods, and historic built environment.”
At the Preservation Awards ceremony, numerous historic preservation efforts that occurred in the Kansas City area in the year 2017 are highlighted. The Neighborhood Stabilization Award is given to a project, individual, business or group that has greatly contributed to the revitalization of a historic neighborhood or reclamation of abandoned or poorly maintained property or structure. The award has three tiers, including Excellence, Honors, and Merit. The HKC Board submitted the 18th & Vine Redevelopment Project for consideration for the 2017 Preservation Awards, and the project was awarded in the Honors tier.
“This recognition of the City-led plan to re-envision and re-generate the 18th & Vine District is powerful,” Fourth District City Councilmember Katheryn Shields said. “Our 18th & Vine team is providing a positive vision and actively engaging with the community as they work to create a dynamic cultural and entertainment destination for citizens and visitors to live, work, and play.”
The HKC Foundation was founded in 1974, and through advocacy, public policy, outreach and educational programming, HKC is an advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods.
Community members can sign up for project updates on KCMO.gov. Feedback on what the public wants to do, see, and hear in the 18th & Vine District can be shared at KCMOmentum. For more information on the project, please contact City Communications Director Chris Hernandez, 816-513-3474, City Architect Eric P. Bosch, AIA, 816-513-2517, or City Councilmember Jermaine Reed, 816-513-6513.
Legislation was introduced to the City Council in December 2015 and approved in January 2016 directing the City Manager to develop an Action Plan to invest in the 18th & Vine Historic District creating a successful commercial and residential destination, an attraction, with an infusion of bond proceeds, private donations, and other tax incentives. In July 2016 the City approved funding for Phase 1 of a larger $27.6 million, three-phase plan to improve the 18th & Vine Historic District, allocating $7 million for Phase 1 projects. The City and the 18th & Vine Development Policy Committee are currently overseeing multiple projects, and in 2017 construction on several projects commenced. To date completed projects include building restoration and stabilization, property acquisition, and finishing the Outdoor Amphitheater – Great Lawn project. The City has hired a Leasing Agent Firm, a Property Management Firm, and Architecture and Planning Firm that is helping to increase the walkability of the district’s future shops, apartments, and entertainment, and expand amenities for young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle and housing, and a variety of retail.