Downtown Joplin Alliance and Missouri Department of Natural Resources Seeking Solicitations of Interest for Joplin Union Depot

(Joplin, MO)Downtown Joplin Alliance (DJA), through their Endangered Properties Program, along with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR), are seeking solicitations of interest (SOI) for the redevelopment of the Joplin Union Depot property.

Submissions opened on March 18, 2024, and must be received by May 31, 2024. To view the SOI packet, or for more information on the Union Depot in general, please click here.

For questions on the submittal process or to submit a response to this SOI, please contact:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Attn: State Historic Preservation Office
1659 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Joplin Union Depot was designed by Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss, who is often referred to as “the Frank Lloyd Wright of Kansas City,” and built by the Manhattan Construction Company of New York. It opened in 1911 and was in service until its closure in 1969. The Department of Natural Resources gained ownership of the Depot through the Historic Preservation Revolving Fund in the 1990s after an unsuccessful rehabilitation. While various entities have expressed interest in acquiring the property since then, these inquiries have not generated a financially capable purchaser. This DJA-MoDNR partnership is an opportunity for the depot to benefit from DJA’s expertise and resources to enhance its marketability and make progress toward finding a preservation-minded purchaser.

In 2020, Downtown Joplin Alliance established their Endangered Properties Program, a revolving fund specifically for intervening in historic properties with questionable futures. These funds, while generally not enough to pay for an entire project, allow the Endangered Properties Program Committee to take control of a property through donation or option, then seek developers for the property through marketing, feasibility studies, structural assessments, and other needs specific to a particular building.

About Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence and entertainment. Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.


Lori Haun, Executive Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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