Kansas City Life Insurance Company

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Kansas City Life Insurance Company
Type Public
Founded 1895
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri, US
Key people R. Philip Bixby, President & CEO
Employees 500
Website www.KCLife.com

Kansas City Life Insurance Company is a public insurance company established in 1895 and located in Kansas City, Missouri. The company's 1,400 agents market individual life, annuity and group products through agencies located in 48 US states and the District of Columbia. Variable life, variable annuities, mutual funds and other investment options are offered through a subsidiary, Sunset Financial Services.

The Kansas City Life Group of Companies:

  • Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Old American Insurance Company
  • Sunset Life Insurance Company of America
  • Sunset Financial Services Inc.

Relationship with Community[edit]

For the last several decades, KC Life has been an owner of multiple properties in midtown Kansas City. In 1971, the company proposed a plan to demolish most of the northern part of the Valentine neighborhood, and redevelop the area as an office park. After the neighborhood resisted, the company demolished the houses that had been sold to them. That land has been vacant since then.

In 1982, the company succeeded in overcoming the objections of the Kansas City Landmarks Commission and the Valentine Neighborhood Association and demolished half of the historic Knickerbocker Apartments. The remaining half of the apartment complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, but as of 2013 also faces demolition by KC Life.

Citing prolonged vacancy and neglect, in 2011, KC Life notified the Valentine Neighborhood Association that it intended to demolish nine houses in its possession: 3421 Summit, 3313 Jefferson, 603 W. 34th, 617 W. 34th, 3406 Pennsylvania, 3500 Pennsylvania, 709 W. 35th, 711 W. 35th, and 715 W. 35th.

In 2012, the company demolished the "Little Ambassadors", a row of apartment buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed by architect Nelle Peters in 1924.

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