FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2018
In just a matter of seconds, a once prominent but now problem property will be reduced to rubble when the City of Kansas City performs a demolition that will improve the neighborhood by removing blight. Implosion of the old Park Place Hotel, 1601 N. Universal Ave., is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, at 8 a.m. — an event that will surely delight surrounding neighbors.
Because of the building’s proximity to the highway, MoDOT and KCPD will reroute motorists on I-435 near Front St. for about an hour. Traffic will be shut down 30 minutes before implosion on southbound I-435 at Mo. Hwy 210 and northbound I-435 at U.S. 24 Hwy. Front Street will remain open to traffic but the ramp to northbound I-435 will be closed.
Kansas City-based Industrial Salvage & Wrecking (ISW) will drill more than 2,200 holes into the old hotel and a Maryland firm specializing in implosions will set the charges — bringing both buildings down simultaneously. Affected property owners/businesses in the area will be notified in person and by mail. Throughout the process, the City has worked with KCPD, MoDOT, environmental agencies and surrounding businesses to minimize disruptions before, during and after the implosion.
The blighted property has been an eyesore for more than a year. The City devoted considerable resources in an effort to remedy the situation, before ultimately settling on implosion.
Long regarded as one of the premiere lodging properties in the metro, the first tower was built in 1974 and a second tower was added in 1978. Its 328 rooms made the Park Place one of the largest hotels in Kansas City, featuring a 9,500-square-foot ballroom, a man-made lake and a contemporary indoor/outdoor pool. However, when the property abruptly closed in 2016, it fell victim to vagrants, looters and frequent fires.
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at 816-513-3202 or by email.