Kemper Arena wins historic designation key to redevelopment

Kansas City officials revealed Saturday that they’ve secured historic preservation status for Kemper Arena — seen as a key step for its redevelopment as an amateur sports complex.

In a news release, Kansas City Councilman Scott Taylor said an event scheduled for Monday morning outside the arena will announce “that the historic designation has been secured for Kemper Arena. …The historic designation allows the developer to secure historic tax credits which are essential to financing the renovation into a youth sports facility.”

The release said Kemper, now set to be renamed Mosaic under a sponsorship agreement with the chain of health clinics, has been granted status on the National Register of Historic Places because of its significance in local Kansas City cultural history.

That will qualify the building that once was a top-end concert venue, site of the 1976 Republican National Convention and former home to big league and minor league sporting events for historic tax credits baked into redevelopment plans. Such tax advantages figure heavily in financing for an ambitious makeover of the building as a regional draw amateur youth, adult and family sports.

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