KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Plans for a new law firm on the Plaza are drawing attention again. Polsinelli Shughart wants to build its headquarters near 47th & Broadway. In February, the city planning commission voted 3-2 against the project.
Now, council member Bill Skaggs says the project didn't get a fair hearing at that time and he would like to give the plan a chance in front of the City Council. Councilman Skaggs is out of town, but spoke to FOX 4 over the phone and said he wants to introduce an ordinance that would allow the City Council to consider the $58 million project.
Those who opposed the plan, like the "Save the Plaza" group, believe its design will take away from the historic Plaza buildings. The Plaza's owners, Highwoods Properties, have said in exchange for approval of the plan they will offer guarantees that the development would keep in line with the Plaza's design.
"It is still a vibrant part of our town and so people do feel vested and they should feel vested," said business owner Butch Rigby. "I think it's a great healthy debate, and it's very important that people do stand up and do shape some of the development here."
If the plan is introduced this week, there's a possibility a public hearing would be held on April 6.