Nelson-Atkins Museum plans expansion, faces neighborhood opposition

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has filed documents with the city of Kansas City to officially establish a new Master Plan District. The museum submitted an application to request rezoning some museum-owned properties from residential to non-residential. This would allow for additional uses, such as office space.

Plans for the district also call for extending the museum’s campus footprint to add artwork and collaborate on programming in two city-owned parks: Theis Park and Southmoreland Park.

However, a member of the Rockhill Neighborhood Association says nearby residents will fight the plan, who have expressed concerns about zoning changes and increased visitor traffic.

A City Plan Commission public hearing on the proposed Master Plan District is expected to take place in the next six weeks. If the rezoning request is recommended, the ordinance would continue on to the City Council.

Read more: KCUR, Kansas City Star


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