City Council delays vote on process to demolish historic grocery store

The former McClinton Grocery Store has been closed for decades.
The former McClinton Grocery Store has been closed for decades. The Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote involving the demolition of the historic McClinton Grocery Store at 1201 E. 12th St.

At Council Member Lavonta Williams’ request, the council agreed to delay the decision a week so out-of-town McClinton family members could see the condition of the building later this week and consider their options.

Curtis McClinton Sr., the first African-American elected to the Kansas Senate and who died in 2012 at the age of 99, established the store in the 1940s.

But the store was closed decades ago and the building is in poor condition, resulting in the Metropolitan Area Planning Department starting a process to have the historic-designated structure torn down.

MAPD is appealing a unanimous vote by the city’s Historic Preservation Board not to demolish the building. State law prevents the board from voting to demolish a historic-designated building, according to city officials.

If the City Council grants that appeal, it would have to vote to tear the building down in a separate vote at a later time.

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