Hawthorn Plaza denied additional tax incentives
A developer who bought Hawthorn Plaza, the Main Street apartment building known for frequent police and ambulance calls, wants additional public assistance to fix up the place. But he’s run into opposition from the tax collector.
Howard Fischer’s plans call for a mixed-use building that offers both low-income and market-rate housing. The former Naughty But Nice porn shop will be demolished to accommodate parking. Catering to Section 8 tenants in its former life, Hawthorn Plaza was “poorly managed,” Fischer says, engendering skeeziness.
Fischer was hoping to tap into the 43rd and Main Tax-Increment Financing Plan to pay some of his redevelopment costs. Created in 1994, the TIF plan originally subsidized H&R Block expansion and the construction of an Office Depot.
But Jackson County, the Kansas City, Missouri, School District and the Kansas City Library presented a letter to the TIF Commission today stating that enough was enough.