Help Preserve Old Westport

$21,225 of $25k goal

Raised by 79 people in 2 months
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Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
on behalf of James Wanser
 KANSAS CITY, MO
MORE GREAT NEWS!  Two neighborhood associations in support of the historical survey donated $700 this week, throwing us over the 20k level!!!  With the help of a 5k grant from The National Trust (who believe in the historic value of Old Westport,) an anonymous business owner donation and all our local individual contributions we have now collected over $20,000 towards the $25,000 cost of doing a historic survey to preserve Westport. 

Please help us with a major push to reach our remaining balance so we can begin the historic survey quickly.  Tell your friends, tell them to their more friends!  To get involved with your time and effort, please contact us at today at helppreserveoldwestport@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who have already contributed and to those of you who have reached out to us, offering your time and effort, your support is greatly appreciated!


Dear Friends of Old Westport,

There is growing concern about the pace and scale of redevelopment projects that the group says could change the face of historic Westport.

Westport is perhaps the most important historic district of Kansas City, yet most of its historic buildings have no protection from demolition. If we don’t act quickly, the Westport that we know today and that many people have loved for decades could be gone very quickly

We hope you will join us in an effort to slow down current and future development proposals until we complete a historic survey of Westport.

Several large projects are on the table.

On March 6, the Kansas City Business Journal reported the Kansas City Opus Group has submitted plans for a "mixed-used project including 256 apartments, 8,500 square feet of commercial space and a 275-space tenant parking garage.” The proposed development would replace the Bank of America Building at the southwest corner of Westport Road and Broadway.
Revised proposed plan, uploaded 4-21-2017

A rendering with the proposed redevelopment of Westport Road and Broadway, includes a six-story apartment and commercial building. Note the change in scale between the new building and the traditional two-story Westport building on the bottom left hand side of this picture and in the image below. This 1915 view looking south on Broadway toward the intersection of Westport Road and Broadway.  Courtesy Kansas City Public LIbrary Missouri Valley Special Collections. 

The building  (visible in the image above) dates back to 1876.  The Westport Avenue Bank, then the oldest suburban bank in Kansas City, purchased the property and remodeled it in 1920.  
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Meanwhile, the building at the southwest corner of Westport and Broadway was recently replaced with a new restaurant and bar operated by the national HopCat chain. Another developer is currently revising plans which originally called for a pair of 14-story mixed use towner above Manor Square. A Wichita developer last year presented plans for replacing the former XO nightclub at 40th and Central with a four-story Town Place Suites by Marriott extended stay hotel.

Historic Survey:  A Tool for Evaluating and Responding to Development Proposals

We are asking for assistance from the community to immediately conduct a professional survey of Westport’s current properties. This survey will assess the historic and cultural importance of Old Westport and help us to make important decisions about what should be preserved in the future. The survey will provide a starting point for a community discussion about how to move forward in preserving Old Westport.

But we need to move quickly, before more projects hit the drawing board. We ask you to contribute what you can to help use raise the $25,000 we need to move forward with the survey. 

About Help Save Old Westport
The goal of Help Save Old Westport is to preserve, protect and promote the architectural character and historical significance of Old Westport’s buildings and landscape.  Some members of The Help Save Old Westport working group include Mary Jo Draper, Alana Smith, Bob Babcock, Thomas Platt, Louise Myers and more.  Several members of Historic Kansas City are also meeting with the group, as well as managing the GoFundMe contributions.

Thank you. If you prefer to make a private contribution, please contact:

Jim Wanser, Treasurer
Historic Kansas City Organization
234 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105
phone: 816-931-8448
fax: 816-931-8558
email: hkcf@historickansascity.org.
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Update 3
Posted by Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
6 days ago
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MORE GREAT NEWS!  Two neighborhood associations in support of the professional survey to determine the inventory and value of Old Westport, donated $700 this week throwing us over the 20k level!!!  We are so thankful for all our individual donors and supporters, along with the help of a 5k grant from The National Trust (who obviously believe in the historic value of Old Westport,) and an anonymous business owner's huge donation. AS of today, we are only $4,645 away from  the $25,000 cost of doing a historic survey to help preserve Westport's history. 

Please help us with a major push to reach our remaining balance so we can begin the historic survey quickly.  Tell your friends, share the site on FB, ask them to their more friends!  Every little bit helps!

To get involved with your time and effort, please contact us at today at helppreserveoldwestport@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who have already contributed and to those of you who have reached out to us, offering your time and effort. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Marty and the Help Save Old Westport working team.
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Update 2
Posted by Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
1 month ago
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Poor Westport, our worst fears are beginning to happen. How said to be such a miss-fit design and of all names ... "Crossroads Apartments." Seems like that name belongs in another neighborhood. Maybe "Frontier Trails Apartments" would be more appropriate, especially directly across the street from the 3 founding pioneers statue and sidewalk map. All we ask is to use some historic design features to be more neighborhood friendly, especially on the main intersection. Read the article: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/03/06/opus-development-westport-256-apartments-retail.html
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Update 1
Posted by Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
1 month ago
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Thank you to everyone who has donated or who has shared the link with others. We appreciate all your help, including to Share on Facebook!

Greg Allen, Past President of Historic Kansas City and a member of our working group, was interviewed this week about the project ... have a look: http://www.kctv5.com/clip/13135633/community-raising-funds-for-old-westport
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Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
1 month ago

Unfortunately it is not the city's job to do the surveys. Groups like ours who want to have one done, as a first step toward any type of application for a historic designation or other forms of historical preservation, must solicit funding from private sources including our own pockets. We appreciate all support for this project from sharing the information to help spread the word, or if possible, making contributions to the fund. Thank you

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Kimberly A. Burgess
1 month ago

Isn't it the city's job to do historic surveys?

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$21,225 of $25k goal

Raised by 79 people in 2 months
Created February 9, 2017
MJ
Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis  
on behalf of James Wanser
CS
$35
Connie Stewart
1 month ago
2
2

When I was in the process of moving to Kansas City and was looking for a location, I drove through Westport, and I KNEW this was the area where I wanted to live.

EF
$25
Elizabeth Fischer
2 months ago
2
2

I drove by Westport Rd and Broadway for the first time in a few weeks the other day and was shocked by the new building. At least they used bricks, but the scale is so wrong to my eyes. Thanks for organizing this.

ND
$25
Nancy Day
1 month ago
1
1

Thank you for doing this!

SS
$200
Sally S
2 hours ago (Offline Donation)

Check given to a business property owner who delivered it to the Historic Kansas City Organization.

SS
$250
Sharon S
2 hours ago (Offline Donation)

Check given to a property owner and delivered to Historic Kansas City Organization.

RR
$50
Robert R.
2 hours ago (Offline Donation)

Mailed his check to the Historic Kansas City Organization.

DY
$100
Doris Yonker
5 days ago

Let's each of us do what we can.

$100
Aubra Barbara Rues
7 days ago

So glad to see someone acting on this! Every time another high rise goes in, the authentic old town flavor is diluted, the very thing that makes Westport unique! Shooting the goose that lays the golden eggs while benefiting mostly out of town developers who have no stake in the the future of our town and are only here long enough to make a profit! Thank you!

$20
Jeff Roudabush
7 days ago

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO GO IN KANSAS CITY. WORTH PRESERVING!

TS
$50
Travis Stewart
10 days ago

Supporter of reusing historic buildings over demolishing and building new ones.

Marty Wiedenmann Jarvis
1 month ago

Unfortunately it is not the city's job to do the surveys. Groups like ours who want to have one done, as a first step toward any type of application for a historic designation or other forms of historical preservation, must solicit funding from private sources including our own pockets. We appreciate all support for this project from sharing the information to help spread the word, or if possible, making contributions to the fund. Thank you

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Kimberly A. Burgess
1 month ago

Isn't it the city's job to do historic surveys?

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