According to an email from the Broadway/WestportCouncil, the old Chatham Hotel received the recommendation from the Kansas City Council for 4% MHDC Tax Credits. The money would help the developers turn the old, historic hotel into apartments for Seniors (I'm assuming some type of government assisted housing).
There will be a news conference on the front porch/lawn of the Chatham Hotel next Monday morning at 10 AM. The MDHC will vote on the tax credits on Friday May 21st.
The Chatham has been a blight on the this stretch of Broadway in Midtwon, near Westport, for years. And not only has it been an eye-sore, but it has provided housing for vagrants and other crime as well, causing safety issues in the neighborhood.
I don't know all of the specifics of the deal -- nor can I find anywhere in the media where the KCMO Council has approved the recommendation, but I do know that generally, fixing old, abandoned, historic buildings and making them into housing so we can improve the population density of our core is the type of project I generally support.
12th & Main originally brought up this story earlier this week -- but for some reason has taken the post down. I'm hopeful that some of the real media in this town will take it upon themselves to at least report what is going on with some potential redevelopment in town.