Green Roof Garage for Hotels and Apartments

Plans for a $75 million development featuring apartments, a boutique hotel and greenspace on top of a parking garage in Westport got a big thumbs-up Tuesday from the City Plan Commission, a Kansas City citizens advisory group.

In recent months, several Westport proposals have prompted fierce debates, including a request to privatize parts of some streets in the popular bar and restaurant district. But the Manor Square project attracted only one note of concern in testimony at Tuesday’s Plan Commission meeting, where the development received unanimous support from the commissioners.

“We have a need to grow the population in our city,” Plan Commission member Margaret May said. “This really seems like a good project.”

The mixed-use project covers a 4-acre site bordered by Westport Road on the south, Mill Street (Sun Fresh Market) on the west, a commercial parking lot and structure on the north and Pennsylvania Avenue on the east. It includes the existing Manor Square building and parking garage but does not include Kelly’s Westport Inn.

Buildings currently on the site remain but exterior walls and facade will be modified, and the Char Bar, 4050 Pennsylvania, will remain. The roof of a 700-space parking garage will have grass and plantings on about three-quarters of an acre to create a parklike courtyard setting. Plan advances for apartments, hotel, green roof on a garage in Westport | The Kansas City Star