In a marathon meeting, the Shawnee City Council narrowly rejected a rezoning request that would have paved the way for redevelopment of the vacated site of the old Wonderscope Children’s Museum near downtown.
The Council voted 5-4 on Monday to turn down a proposed five-story apartment complex at 5700 King St., the former home of the Wonderscope facility, which is a converted elementary school that was built decades ago. The museum moved into a new $15 million home, which opened in October in the Red Bridge area of south Kansas City.
The proposed apartment complex has drawn strong opposition from hundreds of residents, who worry about the building towering over their homes, hurting the character of their neighborhood and adding to traffic congestion.
Resident Cindy Hayth helped form a citizens group and submitted a protest petition. She worried that the complex — which would include 189 apartments and