Push to save the Plaza’s Nelle Peters apartments headed before the City Plan Commission on Tuesday

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Should three unoccupied apartment buildings near the Country Club Plaza get demolished, the way the owner of the property wants?

Or should those buildings, a part of Kansas City’s architectural heritage, receive a historical designation to allow for more deliberation before their remnants get hauled away?

That question, which has simmered all summer, now goes to the City Plan Commission.

Nelle Peters was a famed architect in Kansas City who reportedly designed or helped design more than 1,000 structures in town. The fate of three Peters-designed apartments will go before the mayoral-appointed commission for a hearing on the 26th floor of City Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Price Brothers Development bought three buildings at 4728-34 Summit in 2014. Earlier this year, the development company pulled pre-demolition permits on the buildings, signaling that it was preparing to tear them down. Doug Price, the developer, hasn’t said what he plans to do next with the land if he does reduce the buildings to rubble. 

The Historic Kansas City Foundation caught wind of those plans and quickly sought to place the buildings within a pre-existing Nelle Peters Thematic District, a historic zone that for some reason didn’t already include the Nelle Peters buildings in question.

If the three Price-owned Nelle Peters buildings make it into the historic district, Price will have a tougher time pursuing demolition. He would have to get the blessing of the Kansas City Historic Preservation Commission. That commission heard Price’s pleas to keep his property out of the historic district in July, but voted against him.

The City Plan Commission is the next step between this Historic Preservation Commission and the City Council.

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