Historic Imperial Brewing Building in Kansas City Demolished
It’s the end of an era for Kansas City’s former Imperial Brewing Co. building, as demolition has begun on the 121-year-old historic structure. Local owners have long described the building as too far gone for restoration, and now the time has come for the site to be cleared.
Joint Venture Begins Demolition
On Monday, a joint venture of Copaken Brooks and Dean Realty Co. started tearing down the former brewery at 2825 Southwest Blvd. and a nearby stables building. The city had issued a $375,000 demolition permit for the brick structures south of the Westside neighborhood that same day.
A Long History Comes to an End
The six-story former brewery has sat vacant since 1985 when the Boulevard Mill closed its flour milling operations. Dean Realty purchased the property in 2007, got the brewery listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, and carried out an extensive renovation and salvage effort. In 2017, the company proposed several adaptive reuse ideas, including offices, lofts, a boutique hotel, manufacturing uses, or even a new brewery.
Preservation Efforts Deemed Impossible
“We considered, for the longest time, trying to preserve the building or some of it, but that was just impossible, and we felt like, after all this time, that it just needed to come down,” said Copaken Brooks Principal Bucky Brooks, who described the vacant brewery as dilapidated and potentially dangerous.
Demolition and Debris Hauling
Brooks stated that the demolition of the former brewery structures would likely take place within a two-week period, followed by debris hauling and site grading. An associated hauling permit indicates that as much as 3,500 cubic yards of debris could be taken to a Kansas City, Kansas, disposal site through mid-February.
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