Three Kansas City apartment buildings built in 1927 appear to be headed for demolition.

The Kansas City Council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee voted Wednesday to deny historic district status for the Nelle Peters buildings near the Country Club Plaza. The designation could have delayed demolition for up to three years.

The Kansas City Star reports the issue now goes to the Kansas City Council but a change seems unlikely because the historic designation would require nine of the 13 votes on the council.

The Historic Kansas City Foundation had gathered about 800 signatures on petitions to protect the buildings. They argued the Plaza area had already lost too many historic buildings.

Nelle Peters, who died in 1974, was a prolific and well-known architect from 1909 to 1965.

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