On Monday June 18th, the night I shot my downtown KC aerial photography in my previous post, I also requested of the helicopter pilot to circle us a couple of times around the former West Edge site, now to be called “Plaza Vista” I believe, where JE Dunn is constructing the new 4840 Roanoke building to serve as headquarters for the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
The last time I had shot photos of the West Edge project demolition progress was on Christmas Eve – Previous set here. Noticing the building has been getting less tall and that a month had gone by it seemed like I ought to get some more.
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve I snapped up some more deconstruction/demolition progress shots of the West Edge project on the Plaza.
Demolition progress photos on the ill-fated West Edge project by architect Moshe Safdie, who noted he’s had projects fail to make it to the construction phase, but until now never one that got 75% completed and then torn down. The initial developer got into financial trouble and the general contractor walked off the job for not being paid, followed by lawsuits and negotiations back and forth. Eventually it was decided the partially completed structure would be torn down and ultimately replaced with a new building that is yet to come.
Fall-ish October shots from just off the Plaza that detail somewhat the West Edge project being deconstructed before it was even finished. Get your pictures now while you still can. Friday 10/28/2011.
This weekend will be busy – there’s a protest/rally for the Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning at Ft. Leavenworth on Saturday and an Occupy KC event Sunday downtown both of which I’m going to try for shots of.
Last night at dusk I went up the hill from Ward Parkway to Rockwell Lane and Sunset Drive and used my telephoto lens to get a look at the West Edge project as it’s been for at least a couple of years now – unfinished. I thought I heard something about it again in the news again but I can’t quite remember what.
-May 4, 2011