June 23, 2014

European-style boutique hotel coming to Westport

A Kansas City, Kan. shopping center signs two national tenants — Marshalls and PetSmart. Part of Brookside’s commercial district is sold.

New owners have temporarily closed Westport’s Q Hotel + Spa.

The hotel, at 560 Westport Road, is undergoing an extensive renovation set to be completed in October.

It will then reopen as AC Hotels by Marriott Kansas City Westport.

There are more than 90 AC Hotels by Marriott in Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The first U.S. hotel is scheduled to open in New Orleans in September with Westport slated as the second U.S. location.

AC Hotels are described as “very upscale properties” designed to attract the millennial generation.

The new Westport hotel will feature the AC Lounge, which will offer individually bottled cocktails, regional beers and draft wines, as well as small plates.

The hotel, which has 123 rooms, also will offer mobile check-in, USB charging stations, a fitness center, and a “media salon” featuring Bluetooth technology for business meetings.

Noble Investment Group, purchased the Q Hotel + Spa in late 2013. It is being operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

New national retailers for KCK

Wyandotte Plaza — in the heart of an underserved but high-traffic area in Kansas City, Kan. — has signed two more national tenants.

RED Legacy, developers of Wyandotte Plaza, said a 27,000-square-foot Marshalls store (offering discounted designer and brand name clothing for the family) and a 13,000-square-foot PetSmart will open in a building at 7734 State Ave. in spring 2015.

Price Chopper has long occupied the building but it is relocating and expanding in a new 68,000-square-foot building at 7600 State Ave. It will then be one of the largest grocery stores in Wyandotte County. A mid-July opening is scheduled.

The locally owned MeMa’s Old-Fashioned Bakery & Kitchen recently relocated to Wyandotte Plaza from a spot in the Legends Outlets Kansas City. Other tenants in the center include Dollar Tree and Advance Auto Parts.

Wyandotte Plaza, which opened in 1961, also will have a new updated facade, newly configured parking, new lighting, and new signage. But it will keep the original — and now vintage — Wyandotte Plaza sign.

According to RED Legacy, more than 65,000 people live in a five-mile radius of the center and have a median household income of more than $47,000.

Part of Brookside sold

First Washington Realty Inc., of Bethesda, Md., and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, have completed a deal to purchase about 130,000 square feet in the Brookside shopping district from BKS Real Estate LLC.

George Gilchrist, former manager of BKS Real Estate, said the contract includes most of the commercial properties north of 63rd Street from Main Street to Wornall Road, including those housing Cosentino's Market Brookside, the Roasterie Cafe and Julian restaurant, but not the Fiddly Fig building. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Much of the shopping district's real estate south of 63rd is controlled by other owners.

Gilchrist will continue as manager of the properties under the new owners, as well as president of the board of the Brookside Community Improvement District.

First Washington is a privately owned real estate investment, advisory and management company specializing in the acquisition, ownership, financing and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers in densely populated areas.

Joshua Brown, chief investment officer for First Washington, said the company buys properties as long-term investments. But it will be looking at ways to make tenant improvements.

Only the 2,600-square-foot former Hallmark space is currently available in First Washington’s properties.

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