Disingenuous response to Border War olive branch

Message to Kansas: If the latest disclosure that Cbiz and Mayer Hoffman McCann may take the money and run from Leawood to the Country Club Plaza isn’t a big enough wake-up call in our cannibalistic Border War, what is it going to take? The tit-for-tat has become the poster child for how silly incentive-based economic development can get.

Cordish will break ground April 14 for a downtown Kansas City apartment tower

One Light, the first new residential tower built downtown since the 32-story San Francisco building opened in Crown Center in 1976, was first announced 11/2 years ago, but Cordish officials said design tweaks to the 315-unit building delayed its construction start. If the 25-story apartment project at 13th and Walnut is a success, Cordish plans to build three more high-rises.

Decision on enlarging Crossroads Academy is delayed

The plan would double the size of the downtown charter school so it could accommodate middle school students. The Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission postponed consideration of the school’s request for $5.5 million in TIF assistance until March 24.

Twelve-story office tower is proposed for Country Club Plaza area

A developer is proposing a $78 million office tower at 46th Terrace and Pennsylvania Avenue, the first new office project pitched for the Country Club Plaza area since a controversial plan fell through three years ago. The 12-story building is being pursued by Block Real Estate Services for a 1.5-acre location where the firm had proposed a hotel project last year.

One Kansas City Place has a new investor from California

Gaw Capital Partners USA of Los Angeles has partnered with Leawood-based Executive Hills Management in conjunction with the refinancing of the skyscraper at 12th and Main streets. Its major tenants include Kansas City Power & Light, Bank of America and the Bryan Cave law firm.

BSA LifeStructures opens Kansas City area office

BSA LifeStructures, a national design firm that has done extensive work for the St. Luke’s Health System, has opened a three-person office in Leawood. The new office is the sixth nationwide for the architecture and engineering firm which also has operations in Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Metcalf South Shopping Center sold to new local owners

Kansas City’s Lane4 Property Group has teamed with the Kroenke Group of Columbia to purchase the struggling mall at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue with an eye toward tearing it down and replacing it with a residential, retail and office project.

EPR Properties reports a strong fourth quarter

The specialty real estate investment trust based in Kansas City said revenue for the three months that ended Dec. 31 grew to $89.4 million from $82.5 million in the same period in 2012. Net income was $57.1 million, compared with $18.8 million a year ago.

Downtown YMCA project is still on track

One of downtown’s most high-profile corners, 10th Street and Grand Boulevard, would be transformed from a parking lot to a sparkling community and recreation center. The YMCA has been pursuing its $39 million downtown project for two years as part of a capital improvement program that includes an overhaul of its Linwood branch at 3800 E. Linwood Blvd.

Convention & Visitors Association’s new chairwoman has a rosy outlook

With her national background and familiarity with major events, Brenda Tinnen, the general manager of the Sprint Center, wants to help the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association to reverse what has been a discouraging decline in local convention and tourism business. Her arrival as association’s chairwoman comes at a pivotal time for the local convention industry.

Two groups battle over the future of Kemper Arena

The Foutch Brothers development company, which specializes in revitalizing historic buildings, wants to acquire Kemper Arena and create a regional hub for youth and amateur sporting events. City officials say it’s an “intriguing idea” but the American Royal has first dibs on the property. The American Royal still wants to demolish Kemper and replace it with a new agricultural events center.

Jimmy John’s gets green light for a drive-through in downtown KC

Some critics had argued that the project would worsen traffic congestion and was not appropriate for a downtown historic neighborhood. But the Plan Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the business site plan, saying the developer had jumped through all the necessary hoops and halting the project now wouldn’t be right.

ExpressJet Airlines opens crew base at KCI

The operator of branded service for United Express has leased 2,863 square feet in Terminal C. The facility will be the work home for 145 pilots, 85 flight attendants, and 35 maintenance and materials personnel.

Area housing market saw a healthy January

The average sales price of an existing home last month was $156,833, up 16 percent from January 2013, according to the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. There were 9,114 existing homes listed on the market, down 10 percent from the previous year.

Plan to enlarge Crossroads Academy is delayed

A divided Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission delayed consideration of the downtown charter school’s request for $5.5 million in assistance until March, with city-appointed commissioners mostly supporting the expansion plan for the 2-year-old school and representatives of other taxing jurisdictions criticizing the funding mechanism for the plan.