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  • Council approves MCI plan

  • Independence City Council cleared the way Monday to have the vacant MCI hospital building at 23rd Street and R.D. Mize Road torn down, unanimously approving an ordinance that authorizes negotiations to purchase the 14-acre plot of land at the intersection.

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  • Independence City Council cleared the way Monday to have the vacant MCI hospital building at 23rd Street and R.D. Mize Road torn down, unanimously approving an ordinance that authorizes negotiations to purchase the 14-acre plot of land at the intersection.
    While the hospital would be razed under the MCI Redevelopment Project, the adjacent three-story medical office building would be repurposed for Power and Light Department office space, with the potential of alternate uses in the future for the remainder of the property at 17203 E. 23rd St.
    Truman Manor LLC purchased the site for $3.9 million more than five years ago, but plans to construct a retirement community there fizzled, leaving the former hospital building to continue sitting vacant.
    Keeping the office building would alleviate Power and Light’s desire for a larger and more central location for its Service Center offices. The ordinance also notes an existing fiber access splice point at 23rd and Mize that can be tied into the building.
    Council Member Myron Paris, whose District 3 includes the hospital site, said he and fellow member Curt Dougherty, whose District 2 borders 23rd Street, are “very excited” about the project.
    “I’ve heard nothing but good things from my district,” Paris said.
    “To possibly re-use this property and eliminate the blight, that can be nothing but positive,” Dougherty added.
     
     
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