KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Greater than 100 Black enterprise house owners in Kansas Metropolis could be pressured out of their area.
This comes after the earlier constructing proprietor offered it to an organization that wishes to show it into an condominium complicated.
“Give me a date so I can go forward and go on with my life,” stated Willa Robinson, Proprietor of Willa’s Books and Vinyl.
Tons of of Black enterprise house owners at Location One really feel identical to Robinson.
They know they’ll should pack up and transfer, however don’t know when.
“It’s the uncertainty,” Robinson stated. “So, you don’t know whether or not to exit and search for a spot or see what they’re going to do, however you simply can’t wait.”
Over the weekend tenants obtained a letter from Readability Growth, the brand new constructing proprietor out of Omaha, Nebraska.
It stated the six-floor constructing will turn out to be an condominium complicated.
The letter stated the corporate hasn’t set a date to destroy the constructing, however it may very well be as early as Spring of 2022.
“I really feel disrespected in that this was swept underneath the rug and we weren’t spoken with,” Sheri Corridor, Govt Director of Poetry for Private Energy stated. “Nonetheless, my larger concern now’s that you’re tearing down a neighborhood useful resource.”
Corridor stated the earlier proprietor didn’t give them a heads up he needed to promote.
She stated Readability Growth is pushing small companies out of the constructing and taking away a useful resource for the Black neighborhood.
“Did you ask my neighborhood what we’d like?” Corridor stated.
Corridor stated Location One is a one-stop store.
Individuals can trip town bus to and from the institution and go in to buy, get their hair performed, see a health care provider, and extra.
Within the letter, the corporate stated the primary flooring of the condominium complicated can be an incubator area for minority companies, however folks like Corridor fear none of them would qualify.
FOX4 reached out to the brand new constructing house owners however haven’t heard again from them right now.
Town planning fee must vote on this and if accepted it should transfer to the complete metropolis council for a vote.
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