Recap: Last week in Midtown Kansas City

mattress recyclingLast week in Midtown Kansas City, we brought you stories about Westport High School’s potential future, new life for an empty building on 31st Street, and Ida McBeth’s new regular gig.

If you find any of that Midtown Kansas City news interesting, you can read more on our website or on Facebook (try liking our page to get daily news), or sign up on our website for a daily email news digest each weekday. You can also subscribe to our Twitter updates (@midtownkcposter). Meanwhile, planning for the future of Kansas City’s airport continued with the final public meeting to gather input.

Neighborhoods and residents have been closely watching plans for the future of Westport High School, and last week the school district said it will consider the sale of the closed school to Foutch Brothers for use as apartments, office space and a gym.

An empty building on five acres along 31st Street is getting new life as a mattress recycling factory, offering jobs to people who face challenges finding work. The firefighter fountain in Penn Valley Park is also getting an update as an artist starts on a lighted memorial wall.

Some Midtown residents started a petition drive urging the City Plan Commission to reject designation of three Armour Boulevard properties as socially blighted.

The Nelson-Atkins will display 200 recently excavated objects from Saudi Arabia , and the Broadway Jazz Club announced jazz star Ida McBeth is coming out of semi-retirement to perform there regularly.

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