Construction climbs 11 percent in KC area through November

Construction for 2013 in metropolitan Kansas City hit $2.7 billion through November, up 11 percent from 2012, led by continued strong gains in residential work. McGraw Hill Construction said there was about $1.5 billion in residential work reported through November, up 34 percent from the same period a year ago.

Cerner 'seals the deal' on $4.3 billion office plan at Bannister site

Cerner Corp. has completed the purchase of the property necessary for its planned $4.3 billion office development at Interstate 435 and Bannister Road in south Kansas City. The acquisition of the 237-acre Three Trails property, which includes the site of the former Bannister Mall, was completed last week, according to city officials.

Two downtown apartment projects in the works

The old year is closing out with two new apartment projects announced for downtown Kansas City — the redevelopment of the historic Argyle Building into 124 units, and the former Maxwell Briscoe Garage into a half-dozen units.

Union Station gets $2.25 million in Missouri tax credits

Union Station on Tuesday was awarded $2.25 million in Missouri tax credits to encourage donors to a major improvement project at the station and Science City. The plan is to build a vehicular and pedestrian bridge and create new connections to the science center, planetarium and the Extreme Screen theater.

GSA bringing 900 employees to Two Pershing Square near Union Station

The federal government has picked the new home for 900 employees currently at the Bannister Federal Complex with the move expected to begin one year from now. The decision to lease about 140,000 square feet in the 11-story building at 2300 Main St. was made after a year-long search of downtown properties.

Developer plans River Market apartment project

KC Commercial Realty Group wants to begin construction on the $8 million project on the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Grand Boulevard early next spring. It’s an example of the development encouraged by the planned downtown Kansas City streetcar line.