What happened last week in Midtown Kansas City?

Last week in Midtown Kansas City, debate over demolishing four buildings on Armour Boulevard…more profiles of historic buildings on the endangered list…and the city council sends a symbolic message to gun manufacturers. Whether you’re a long-time resident or thinking about moving to Kansas City, we had news for you.

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We continued our profiles of the buildings on the historic Kansas City most endangered list with the deteriorating Wheatley Provident Hospital, the only remaining hospital building in the city that served African Americans during the years of racial segregation. We also checked in on the Poage-Arnold House, which is listed because it represents the vanishing early farmsteads of the region.

The Parks Department offered us an interesting history of the Hereford Bull you might have seen in Mulkey Square at 13th and Summit. And we learned a little about the work of Friends of Sacred Structures, which has helped to keep several historic churches in Midtown from falling into disrepair.

A new discussion about renovation continued last week as residents from around Armour Boulevard in Old Hyde Park sat down with a developer to consider the fate of four buildings at 100-118 Armour.

St. Luke’s opened the first freestanding hospice in the Midtown area of  Kansas City. The hospice house is on the site of the former Cresthaven Estate on Southwest Trafficway, a property that stood vacant for 20 years.

At city hall, the city council on Thursday passed a resolution asking city pension officials not to invest in companies that manufacture guns. Mayor Sly James introduced the largely symbolic action and spoke for it. He has long complained that the city can do little to combat illegal guns because of laws passed by the Missouri general assembly.

Mayor Kay Barnes addressed the charter review commission in favor of a stronger mayor, and members of the charter review commission talked more about changing council districts.

The city continued examining options on more funding for the new Kansas City crime lab. Voters approved a plan for a state-of-the-art crime lab along with the new east patrol station, but massive cost overruns have prompted the city to announce a smaller and cheaper lab.

A Jefferson City judge heard arguments around the closing of Gordon Parks Elementary School, a Volker charter school closed in May because of student performance. Supporters acknowledge that school test scores are low, but say Gordon Parks caters to students who often entered the school system several years behind.

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