By Kathy Feist
Photos by Bill Rankin
On Tuesday, July 23, the old La Petite building at the Red Bridge Shopping Center was razed to make way for Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City.
“We were caught by surprise,” says Roxanne Hills, executive director of Wonderscope. “We were expecting demolition next week.”
Her surprise reflects those of many in the area. It was a over a year ago when La Petite closed for demolition and over two years ago when Wonderscope announced it would relocate from 5700 King St., in Shawnee, KS, to south Kansas City, MO.
“This is a nice, big first step,” says Hill. “A huge relief. It feels like we’re on our way.”
Nevertheless, the project has begun. Hill says the demolition and cleanup will be complete next week. In September mechanical mobilization will take place, which includes grading, utility relocation, and retaining wall and signage put in place. Construction on the building will begin in October.
Hill estimates the project will be completed in October 2020.