KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Friends of the Plaza consider it a victory that the Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm has picked a new location for their firm. Friends of the Plaza formed to oppose the law firm's plan to tear down the Neptune Apartments on the Plaza. Residents who live in the apartments say they can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Soon Polsinelli Shughart will call the West Edge Development home. The long fight between the Friends of the Plaza, Highwoods Properties and Polsinelli hit very close to home for some people.
For seven years Vicki Clark called the Neptune apartments home. In 2010, she found out everyone would have to vacate their apartments by May 31, 2011 to make room for the Polsinelli Shughart development.
"I cried a lot actually," Clark said. "I was very mad, frustrated and angry."
So she did something about it. When Friends of the Plaza packed city council meetings, she attended as well.
"I was down here at City Hall passing out pamphlets and all that kind of thing," she said.
She says the fight with City Hall was a tough one. It was important to her to fight for her home and her community.
"It's been a roller coaster but it turned out right," she said. "Right decisions were made in the long run."
It turned out okay for Clark too. She says she likes her new home and it's still close to the Plaza.
"It makes me sad I ever had to leave because I loved it so much," she said "I''ve moved past it."
Highwoods has not yet announced what will happen to the Neptune although FOX 4 ran into some workers on Tuesday who said they're looking into rehabbing the apartments. It may be someone else's home again soon. Clark says even though she was forced to move she still calls it a victory.
"Hey there's not going to be an ugly building there," she said. "There won't be something overpowering the Plaza. The Plaza is still precious whether it's my home or not. I'm down there a lot."
Clark says she's pleased Polsinelli will be moving to the West Edge Project saying they deserve a nice place she just didn't want it to be in her home.