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Lee’s Summit, Missouri Demands Brick for Downtown

Brick will continue to be the primary cladding material on buildings in downtown Lee’s Summit, a suburb of Kansas City.  On March 14 the Lee’s Summit City Council adopted an ordinance that seeks to protect the historic character of the area by ensuring that new construction will meld well with existing buildings.

Design standards incorporated into the ordinance provide a concise, interesting history of the downtown’s development which was shaped by two fires leading to the construction of primarily brick buildings in the area.  The ordinance requires new infill structures to follow that historic pattern by utilizing brick cladding and limiting other materials to minor facades and trim.  Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) and metal cladding are prohibited outright.

Beyond the materials requirements, Lee’s Summit’s new ordinance calls for the use of brick screen walls at the sidewalk edge of open sites between buildings (often utilized for parking) “to avoid the appearance of missing teeth along the street.”

The design standards can be viewed here.

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