Organic food for thought

Roze Brooks

A new possibility that has been part of a multi-year discussion may join the ranks of the other recent Oak Street developments.

Rumors of an organic grocery store, specifically Whole Foods, have been abuzz, potentially replacing a metered parking lot and two buildings on the southwest corner of 51st and Oak streets.

Whole Foods was mentioned specifically in a 2009 post on Blog KC, stating that Whole Foods is considering expanding its smaller Midtown Wild Oats location, which reopened as a locally-owned organic grocery in 2010. It was also said that associations in surrounding neighborhoods were being consulted.

The rumors circulated more recently on, a local development forum.

At the moment, there are no official plans set for this location, but many options have been proposed and considered over the past few years.

“We have had intermittent discussions over the past several years with developers exploring a variety of different proposals for that parcel,” said Bob Simmons, associate vice chancellor of administration. “A proposal which includes a grocery store, market rate housing and some medical office space for UMKC is currently in discussion and study, but no final agreement has been reached as of this date.” These current ideas are still being fleshed out, and the relocation of the 51st Street Annex Building and Kansas City Young Matrons Clubhouse “are still a fluid situation.”

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