AS A LOCAL KCKHISTORIC DISTRICT
As most everyone knows, all of Westheight has had the honor since the 1980s of being designated on the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places as the “Westheight Manor Historic District.” That state and national designation has not only brought us wide recognition but also has offered many property owners access to historic grants and historic tax credits.
Westheight has also been able through the Unified Government to have certain protections of our historic status. Unfortunately, those local protections had to be removed a few months ago due to a state-wide administrative ruling. It will be relatively easy to get these local protections reinstated however. Our board of directors met and made formal application to become a LOCALLY-designated historic district. That will enable the UG to continue to monitor building permits and code inspection as applicable to a historic district. Adding local historic designation to the national designation we already have will NOT affect your property assessment or your property taxes.
Part of the 3-month process to become locally-designated includes a mailing by the UG Planning Department on behalf of our local Landmarks Commission to each property owner in Westheight. The gist of the mailing will be that Westheight has applied to be a local historic district, and that public hearings will be held in that regard. Currently the schedule for those hearings is as follows, but these may end up shifting later in the calendar by one month. The hearing for approval and recommendation of a district before the Landmarks Commission currently is scheduled for 6pm Monday May 2, 2022. Then a “ratification” hearing by the UG Board of Commissioners will occur during its 7pm Thursday May 26, 2022, meeting. More specifics will be available closer to those dates, as well as at wycokck.org, the UG’s website.
Note that the boundaries of the Westheight Manor Historic District are State Avenue on the south, 18th Street on the east, and Wood Avenue on the north. The west boundary more or less zig-zags down 22nd Street, west on Everett Avenue, and south again on 25th Street.
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