Historic West Bottoms Building to Be Demolished

The recognized Ridenour-Baker Grocery Co. Building in the West Bottoms has been approved for demolition, triggering the first of a five-phase plan by its owner.

The 933 Mulberry St. building’s demolition is part of the reconstruction project by New York-based developer SomeraRoad. The Kansas City Council unanimously approved SomeraRoad’s request to rezone the area in June 2022.

The five-phase strategy for the developer is expected to culminate in 1,200 new mixed-use apartment spaces as well as the implementation of retail and restaurant spaces for added amenities. These plans are predicted to span approximately over the next decade. 

SomeraRoad has stated in the past that it will work with neighboring businesses in the West Bottoms neighborhood to aid in minimizing disruption. Events and festivals hosted in the area like the annual haunted houses are still planned to operate throughout renovation as part of a 15-year coop agreement, according to SomeraRoad.

The Ridenour-Baker Grocery Co. Building, also known as the Weld Wheel Building, became recognized for its historic significance by the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.

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With demolition soon to begin, phase one of SomeraRoad’s plans for renovations starts with it. Beginning to clear space for 266 apartment spaces where the building stood as well as renovations to existing buildings in the area. The Moline Plow Building, Avery Building and several other spaces on Union Ave. will be part of the initial phase.