Country Club Plaza http://kcur.org en Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-zoning-plaza-office-high-rise <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Kansas City council committee approved zoning changes for a 14-story office tower on the north edge of the Country Club Plaza on Wednesday. There appears to be no organized effort to stop its construction.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">In recent years, plans for a North-Plaza law office high-rise and a luxury hotel were derailed by opposition. But this time there is no business opposition and Dan Cofran of Friends of the Plaza says his group does not want to stop or delay the Block Real Estate project.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:57:25 +0000 Steve Bell 57565 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise KCPD To Step Up Plaza Patrols For Summer http://kcur.org/post/kcpd-step-plaza-patrols-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not a new problem in Kansas City: Large groups of teens flock to the Plaza on summer weekends, and they don’t always follow the rules.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City Police Department&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Patrol Operations Sgt.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Greg Williams says the plan this summer is to take a harder line if teens are violating any city ordinances.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:45:27 +0000 Elle Moxley 55446 at http://kcur.org KCPD To Step Up Plaza Patrols For Summer What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion http://kcur.org/post/what-you-remember-jj-s-explosion <p>One year ago, many Kansas Citians knew about a natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant before news outlets began to report the story.</p><p>Wednesday <a href="http://kcur.org/post/one-year-later-still-no-final-chapter-jjs-blast">marks the one-year anniversary of the blast</a> that hundreds of Kansas Citians saw firsthand or felt on the Country Club Plaza. &nbsp;</p><p>We wanted to know more about what you remembered from that evening.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:45:44 +0000 Alyson Raletz 51504 at http://kcur.org What You Remember From The JJ’s Explosion Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza http://kcur.org/post/hotel-sorella-opens-west-plaza <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Manager, Robert </span>Leyva<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, talks about the opening of luxury hotel, </span><a href="http://www.hotelsorella-countryclubplaza.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Hotel Sorella</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, job creation, and the development of the West Edge area.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:10:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 46666 at http://kcur.org Hotel Sorella Opens In West Plaza Less Violent Crime, More Auto Theft In Kansas City Center This Summer http://kcur.org/post/less-violent-crime-more-auto-theft-kansas-city-center-summer <p>C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rime rates have been dropping from downtown Kansas City south to Brush Creek, but a rise in auto theft has been bothering police.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There have been three fewer homicides in 2013, as compared to last year at this time, and a 10 percent reduction in violent assaults. This is good news to Major Shawn </span>Wadle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but his Central Patrol Division can’t escape a trend of a 17 percent rise in auto thefts in the last two months.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:26:42 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42774 at http://kcur.org Two Are Charged In Murder Of UMKC Student http://kcur.org/post/two-are-charged-murder-umkc-student <p>A bond of half a million dollars is holding each of two men charged today in the murder of a University of Missouri-Kansas City &nbsp;student at a near-campus house just south of &nbsp;Country Club Plaza.&nbsp;</p><p>Allegations point to a robbery gone awry.</p><p>20-year-old Alonzo Ruff and 21-year-old Anthony Williams were looking for a place to rob March 21st, according to court documents.&nbsp;</p><p>They allegedly picked the house near 49<sup>th</sup> and Brookside Boulevard because one of the men charged had once smoked marijuana there.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:07:50 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34191 at http://kcur.org Contractor Dug Without Permission Before Deadly Blast http://kcur.org/post/contractor-dug-without-permission-deadly-blast <p>A trenching contractor that purportedly cut a gas line before last week’s deadly Country Club Plaza explosion had not been allowed to dig in the area. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:17:10 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32545 at http://kcur.org Contractor Dug Without Permission Before Deadly Blast JJ's Staff, Regulars Turn To Each Other In Wake Of Fire http://kcur.org/post/jjs-staff-regulars-turn-each-other-wake-fire <p>Judging by the lineup at the bar a few blocks from JJ’s last night, you might think you were at the longtime establishment. A lot of employees and regulars met up at Coal Vines on the Plaza, including James Potter. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:16:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 32340 at http://kcur.org JJ's Staff, Regulars Turn To Each Other In Wake Of Fire Gas Leaks: What You Need To Know http://kcur.org/post/gas-leaks-what-you-need-know <p>Tuesday evening’s <a href="http://www.kcur.org/term/plaza-fire">tragic explosion</a> and fire on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City may have some asking basic questions about gas leaks.</p><p>Here’s a brief primer:</p><p>How do I know if I have a gas leak?</p><ul><li>If it’s a <strong>natural gas</strong> leak, you will smell it.</li></ul><p>It’s an unpleasant smell, like rotten eggs.</p><p>Natural gas goes through a lot of processing before it can be used as fuel.</p><p>After all the other chemicals are taken out, what’s left is <strong>methane</strong>.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:58:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32305 at http://kcur.org Gas Leaks: What You Need To Know A Timeline Of The Explosion http://kcur.org/post/timeline-explosion <p>The circumstances surrounding Tuesday's natural gas explosion just west of the Country Club Plaza - that killed one person, injured more than a dozen, and destroyed JJ's restaurant - were discussed in an afternoon press conference. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:20:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 32297 at http://kcur.org A Timeline Of The Explosion Local Hospitals Provide Injury Updates On Plaza Explosion http://kcur.org/post/local-hospitals-provide-injury-updates-plaza-explosion <p>Ambulances on Tuesday night traveled with nine people injured in the explosion and fire on the Country Club Plaza to area hospitals, including St. Luke's and University of Kansas Hospital. Six injured patients walked themselves in. Officials today provided an update on the six victims still hospitalized. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:09:28 +0000 Elana Gordon & Laura Spencer 32290 at http://kcur.org Local Hospitals Provide Injury Updates On Plaza Explosion 'Miraculous': Employees Cleared Restaurant Of Patrons Before Blast http://kcur.org/post/miraculous-employees-cleared-restaurant-patrons-blast <p>The best eye-witnesses to the explosion at JJ’s yesterday were also the people who were in the most danger – the restaurant’s workers. Bartenders, busboys, a hostess and others were the last ones out of that burning building.<br> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:09:19 +0000 Peggy Lowe 32291 at http://kcur.org 'Miraculous': Employees Cleared Restaurant Of Patrons Before Blast Blame Elusive In Plaza Blast http://kcur.org/post/blame-elusive-plaza-blast <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Workers using heavy equipment to install fiber-optic cable hit a gas main hours before the blast.&nbsp;&nbsp; According to <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2013/02/20/missouri-gas-energy-releases-another.html" target="_blank">the <em>Kansas City Business Journal</em></a>, gas company workers showed up about 20 minutes later.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">They were still on site later when firefighters responded to the leak, about 45 minutes before the explosion.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:46:10 +0000 Frank Morris 32279 at http://kcur.org Blame Elusive In Plaza Blast Body Found In Rubble At JJ's http://kcur.org/post/body-found-rubble-jjs <p>At a press conference this morning, officials say they found a body in the rubble of the site of former JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. No positive identification has been made yet. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:44:41 +0000 Maria Carter, Laura Spencer & Elana Gordon 32259 at http://kcur.org Body Found In Rubble At JJ's Search Continues For Missing JJ's Employee http://kcur.org/post/search-continues-missing-jjs-employee <p>One person still remains unaccounted for after last night's fire and explosion at JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:04:52 +0000 Maria Carter 32256 at http://kcur.org Search Continues For Missing JJ's Employee Explosion At JJ's Thundered Through Plaza http://kcur.org/post/explosion-jjs-thundered-through-plaza <p>At least one explosion thundered through the west edge of the County Club Plaza district&nbsp; just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, sending more than a dozen people to hospitals. Some are critically injured. There was ample evidence pointing to natural gas as cause. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:42:43 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32254 at http://kcur.org Explosion At JJ's Thundered Through Plaza Fire Hits Plaza Business http://kcur.org/post/fire-hits-plaza-business <p>A fire caused by an apparent gas explosion near JJ's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza has sent at least 14 people to area hospitals with injuries, some of them critical. The fire started around 6:00 Tuesday evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Update 7:07 PM.&nbsp; Residents from a nearby apartment building were evacuated.&nbsp; Some are reporting that there was a strong smell of gas earlier in the afternoon. One resident of the nearby building also told reporters someone was operating a backhoe in the area earlier in the afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:05:39 +0000 Frank Morris, Steve Bell, Elana Gordon & Emilie Mutert 32230 at http://kcur.org Fire Hits Plaza Business Corner To Corner Pt. I - The Plaza http://kcur.org/post/corner-corner-pt-i-plaza <p>Getting to know Kansas City, one neighborhood at a time.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 22:16:05 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeffrey Harvey 29856 at http://kcur.org Corner To Corner Pt. I - The Plaza Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage http://kcur.org/post/local-father-daughter-duo-shines-national-stage <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s own father-daughter singing duo, <a href="http://www.kcvocals.com/" target="_blank">Maurice and Shanice Hayes</a>, are competing in NBC&rsquo;s national talent competition, America&rsquo;s Got Talent, for a $1 million prize.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:47:14 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 21120 at http://kcur.org Local Father-Daughter Duo Shines On A National Stage Plaza Lease Cements Long Term Ties http://kcur.org/post/plaza-lease-cements-long-term-ties <p>There is no guarantee of additional jobs, but owners of the Country Club Plaza District are assured the largest tenant of the Valencia Place Office Tower will be in the picture until February 2030.</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:45:21 +0000 Dan Verbeck 11745 at http://kcur.org Plaza Lease Cements Long Term Ties Committee Endorses West Edge Tax Credit http://kcur.org/post/committee-endorses-west-edge-tax-credit <p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">A requested tax break for the reborn effort to develop the Plaza West Edge project breezed through a joint city council committee Wednesday.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:13:35 +0000 Steve Bell 11483 at http://kcur.org Committee Endorses West Edge Tax Credit John McClure, Executive Chef/Owner of Starker's, Dies at 35 http://kcur.org/post/john-mcclure-executive-chefowner-starkers-dies-35 <p>Kansas City, Mo. – John McClure, the owner and executive chef at Starker's Restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, has died. McClure was 35.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:37:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2325 at http://kcur.org John McClure, Executive Chef/Owner of Starker's, Dies at 35 An Architectural Response to Demolition of West Edge http://kcur.org/post/architectural-response-demolition-west-edge <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf35fce952f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf35fce952f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf35fce952f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-984600.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:55:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2292 at http://kcur.org An Architectural Response to Demolition of West Edge Architectural Battle Shows Different Visions for Plaza http://kcur.org/post/architectural-battle-shows-different-visions-plaza <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf00545a25d-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf00545a25d-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf00545a25d-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-923471.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The battle over a new building designed for the Plaza brings out conflicting views of the future of the midtown shopping districts.</p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 19:37:32 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 7055 at http://kcur.org Architectural Battle Shows Different Visions for Plaza Classic Jewel Heist http://kcur.org/post/classic-jewel-heist <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf35fcf238b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf35fcf238b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf35fcf238b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-922523.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – There is no quiet way to chop through a concrete wall, yet no one seemed to take notice in overnight hours of Sunday to Monday at 48th and Jefferson. Burglars were cutting a 4-by-3-foot opening in the outside wall of Vinca Jewelry.</p> Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:25:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7039 at http://kcur.org Classic Jewel Heist Plaza Tower Survives in New Design http://kcur.org/post/plaza-tower-survives-new-design <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf1bf15e89f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf1bf15e89f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf1bf15e89f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-920622.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The historic Plaza "Balcony Building" at 47th and Broadway survives in a new design presented at this afternoon's city council business session. A preliminary design calling for razing the 1920s Plaza structure had sparked a major public controversy.<br /></p> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:24:40 +0000 Steve Bell 7000 at http://kcur.org Plaza Tower Survives in New Design Council Committee Contemplates Plaza Melee http://kcur.org/post/council-committee-contemplates-plaza-melee <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf35fcf0267-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf35fcf0267-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf35fcf0267-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-896288.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – A clearer picture of Saturday night's "flash mob" conflicts on the Plaza emerged in a city council committee meeting Wednesday. But it was also a meeting with conflicts of its own.</p> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 06:24:53 +0000 Steve Bell 6525 at http://kcur.org Council Committee Contemplates Plaza Melee Plan Being Drawn To Quell Twitter Tweaked Mobs http://kcur.org/post/plan-being-drawn-quell-twitter-tweaked-mobs <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cf35fcee27c-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cf35fcee27c-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cf35fcee27c-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-895753.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Stampedes, fights and a general melee in the County Club Plaza District Saturday night have Kansas City Police plotting strategy against next weekend and beyond.</p> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:33:28 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6513 at http://kcur.org