The City is kicking off the redevelopment of the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District with the demolition of a building that’s not so historic. A news conference was held Monday, Dec. 12, to coincide with the razing of the building at 1501 E. 18th St.
Although the condemned building isn’t one of the historic structures in the district, the demolition is a significant step as this much-anticipated redevelopment moves forward.
The City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for developers for the proposed new retail shops and apartments.
The City is stabilizing historic structures on 18th and Vine Streets, as directed by City Council ordinance. A firm has been hired to design parking and streetscape improvements, and the City is acquiring properties in the district. Next steps include acquisition and completion of the John “Buck” O’Neil Center, and physical connections and a new multi-use outdoor space to support the Urban Youth Baseball Academy in Parade Park.
In addition to the demolition and the RFP for new construction, the City has released a RFP for redevelopment of the Boone Theater at 18th and Highland, and an RFQ for planning and architectural services for the American Jazz Museum and Black Archives.
Initial Plans and Phase One
The City Council unanimously approved the 18th and Vine Historic District redevelopment plan on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The amended ordinance approved spending $7 million to fund the first phase of a multi-year redevelopment project for the 18th and Vine Historic District.
The ordinance included the $7 million City investment in Phase I of the project, instructed the City Manager to pursue the creation of a community improvement district (CID), called for the council to hire an experienced property management firm to manage the project, and allowed for one-third of scheduled debt service payments for Phase I to be paid by 3rd District in-district funds. The amended ordinance also recognizes that Phases II and III of the project are essential to the economic vitality of the district.
The first action of the ordinance is for the City to get several properties in the district under its control. The Kansas City Call’s headquarters, the Mutual Musicians Foundation, and the Black Economic Union of KC building will be the only properties not under City control. The ordinance also creates an oversight committee – filled with both public and private stakeholders – that would manage the district. That committee will operate much in the same way as the City Market oversight committee does.
Phase One Project List:
- Stabilizing and renovating historic structures for new retail and residential use,
- Constructing new streetscape, lighting and parking improvements in the District, and west to Charlotte in the Crossroads district,
- Establishing physical connections and a new multi-use outdoor space with the Urban Youth Baseball Academy in Parade Park, adjacent to the 18th and Vine District,
- Making improvements in the City-owned American Jazz Museum and Black Archives facilities to increase their attraction to visitors,
- Stabilizing the Boone Theater at 18th and Highland for development,
- Assisting the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in developing a new facility in the 18th and Vine District,
- Engaging professional management for attraction of new tenants and to provide branding, marketing and promotion of events within the 18th and Vine Historic District,
- Purchasing the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center at 1824 Paseo to make improvements for its new use as an educational center, event venue and office space, and
- Acquiring properties in the District owned by the previous developer.
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