KC committee OKs historic designation for 31st, main building

Kansas City planners are backing local historic protection for a corner building at the gateway to the Union Hill neighborhood despite opposition from the structure’s ownership.

The City Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended the designation of 31st & Main Historic District, which will add four buildings at the northeast corner of 31st and Main streets to the Kansas City Register of Historic Places.

The district includes the historic Ward and the Jeserich building, built in 1905 and 1888, respectively at 3035-37 and 3041-45 Main; plus Union Hill Commons atrium, built in 1990 in 3039 main; and a commercial stretch built in 1921 at 6-10 E. 31st St.

Supporters point to the building’s status as the intersection’s only historic building and to the standout Victorian architecture on the Jeserich Building.

The historic nomination came from a City Council member Eric bunch and Katherine ShieldsWHO submit the application at the end of April, A week after the owner of the building PriceMgmtCo. requested a pre-demolition inspection from the city.

If approved by the City Council, the historic district will not block the demolition forever. Instead, the landowner must seek an appropriate certificate from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission which, if denied, will block demolition for three years.

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