Downtown wig shop loses court appeal
The owners of Gigi’s Wigs and Beauty Supplies — one of the few small businesses in downtown Kansas City’s South Loop to avoid the wrecking ball — have lost an appeal of the city’s decision to condemn their building.
The Kansas City Tax-Increment Financing Commission offered the shop’s owners, Chung Hoe Ku and his wife, Myong Suk Ku, $335,000 for their land in 2004. The TIF Commission sought the property in order to accommodate Copaken White & Blitt, a company that manages Town Pavilion, 1201 Walnut and other downtown properties. Copaken lost parking when the TIF Commission assembled land for the Power & Light District. (Barbecue man Danny Edwards, the Kus’ neighbor, was also told to skedaddle.)