Mayor Sly James to help celebrate major milestone in Kansas City’s oldest urban neighborhood

Community and civic leaders to come together to mark the opening of new apartment home building and largest development of new single-family homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 25, 2014)Mayor Sly James will join Union Hill preservationist and developer Bob Frye, along with Kansas City Councilman Jim Glover, Councilwoman Jan Marcason and community leaders on Friday to celebrate a milestone for the 16-block, 100-year-old neighborhood. The official celebration introduces the addition of nearly 200 new lifestyle leasing options and the largest development of new single-family homes in Kansas City. Councilman Glover, known for the neighboring “Glover Plan” that worked closely with Union Hill, along with Bill Dietrich of the Downtown Council, join other community and civic leaders for urban insights and remarks.

The event surrounds the official opening of the Taylor Building, the first of five new apartment home buildings currently under construction in Union Hill. The building’s architecture is inspired by the timeless buildings of Chicago’s Lincoln Park and the historic surroundings of Union Hill. This building, named after Civil War hero and Kansas City philanthropist, John Taylor. All existing and new buildings for lease by Union Hill are named for a notable Kansas City historical figure.

William Rockhill Nelson built the first Cape Cod homes on DeGroff Way for Kansas City Star employees more than 100 years ago. Designed with the integrity of Union Hill’s existing historic homes, the 13 new homes are the currently the largest development of new in-fill single-family homes in an urban neighborhood. Many of the homes will have a 25-year tax abatement. The four home styles are: two Cape Cod, six Shirtwaist, three Federal and two Victorian. Furnished models of the Cape Cod and Shirtwaist homes are available for tour following the ceremony.

What:                     Union Hill Celebration and Ribbon Cutting


Details:                 Date/Time:            June 27, 2014

                                Time:                       3 p.m.:             Event Start

                                                                3:30 – 4 p.m.:  Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting:

                                                                4 – 5 p.m.:       Media Interviews and Tours Available:

                                                                5:15 – 7 p.m.:  Media and guests are invited to attend a patio party at Barrel 31

Speakers:                Sly James, Kansas City mayor

                                Jan Marcason, Kansas City Council, district 4

                                Jim Glover, Kansas City Council, district 4

                                Bill Dietrich, Kansas City Downtown Council

                                Bob Frye, Union Hill

                                John Laney, former chair, Economic Development Council

                                Kanon Cozad, past chair, Union Hill Neighborhood Association

Location:               230 E. 30th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Parking:                 Complimentary parking is available in the KCPT parking lot at 31st Street and Grand Ave. If you have live truck accommodations, please contact Page Communications at 816-531-7243 for additional instructions.

About the Taylor Building

Union Hill’s newest apartment home building is named for John Taylor, a soldier in the Union Army that helped defend Kansas City during General Price’s Raid. He later helped collect books to stock the city’s first public library. He is buried in nearby Union Cemetery. The building contains 23 units, each designed to fit Union Hill’s luxury Platinum Lifestyle. The building is highly designed with the highest quality stone mason and other architectural features to match the historic feel of the 16-block neighborhood. The Taylor Building joins two other Platinum Lifestyle buildings currently being constructed in the district along with nearly a dozen other apartment home buildings named for notable Kansas Citians as part of the Union Hill Founders community.

About the Homes

The 13 new single-family homes are another component of Union Hill’s continued investment in the urban core. Currently being constructed in areas throughout Union Hill, the homes are designed in shirtwaist, Cape Cod, federal and Victorian styles to match the diversity of architectural styles in the district. Two of the completed homes in the shirtwaist and Cape Cod styles are available for visitor and media tours following the ceremony at 3015 McGee Street and 3008 DeGroff Way.

About Union Hill

Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhood home to more than 1000 young professionals, established mobile mid-career and active empty nesters. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning more than 16 city blocks between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and the downtown skyline, the Union Hill district offers convenient living surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, fitness and some of Kansas City’s major employers. Bob Frye leads the overall development, preservation and advancement of Union Hill with a more than 30-year history of ownership and solid development that builds on 150 years of history with a long term vision and commitment to the neighborhood. Kansas City’s history is embraced throughout the district. For more information, visit or follow the latest at, @UHillKC on Twitter and Instagram or call 816-777-5900.