With the airport election on “pause,” Kansas City business and political leaders are trying to figure out the path forward. Many want a single terminal, but they have a huge public opinion hurdle to overcome.
A Jackson County circuit judge on Friday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that sought to halt redevelopment plans for Parade Park Homes near 18th and Vine. But the lawsuit continues. Some residents oppose a proposed $76 million redevelopment plan.
Kansas City’s Hispanic community is presenting a strong front against a proposed 48-unit apartment development on the West Side. Developer EPC Real Estate has been meeting with neighbors and downsized the original plan, but some longtime residents say they don’t want the project. EPC sees four options if the current plan isn’t approved.
Round two before the City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee produced the same result as the committee’s earlier hearing this month: No decision and another meeting scheduled for more discussion about a controversial 17th and Madison apartment project.
Homes by Whittaker of St. Charles, Mo., will begin work on New Town at Harmony, which eventually could put 600 homes on 130 acres in a walkable neighborhood designed to reduce reliance on cars. Planners envision a 25-year buildout to cover 600 acres, potentially adding $1 billion in investment in eastern Jackson County.
Controversy has surrounded the project called Mission Chateau since it was unveiled. Neighbors sued the city in an attempt to block the development, but the two sides eventually reached a compromise, allowing Mission Chateau to move forward. The 286,000-square-foot community will have a variety of living options and on-site amenties.
Reassured by staff reports that the area can handle the traffic, Overland Park City Council members approved the BluHawk development for an arena, hotels and a satellite branch of the Cosmosphere space museum near 159th Street and Antioch Road. The entire BluHawk development covers a 300-acre area and includes a health care facility, homes, shopping and hotels. The action Monday involved about 117.5 acres in the northern part, where developers want to put a 7,500-seat arena and a branch of the Hutchinson-based Cosmosphere space museum.
Cityscape Residential is adding 252 apartments in five buildings centered at 12th Street and Washington and 138 units at 10th Street and Kirk Drive on a Quality Hill bluff. It’s also doing site preparation for a 221-unit apartment building in the Crossroads Arts District. But those 611 units are just part of about 2,100 apartment units under construction in and near downtown, and not counting another 1,500 units announced but not yet started.
Price Brothers, an Overland Park development firm, is due before the city council for a public hearing on whether BluHawk can receive $205 million worth of sales tax revenue (STAR) bonds to help fund the project’s destination attractions
The curators’ decision culminates about three years of fundraising by UMKC to come up with half the money for its portion of the $96 million project. Funding was kicked off with a $20 million gift from the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.
NorthPoint is expected to go before the Port Authority of Kansas City, or PortKC, on Monday to request a 20-year property tax exemption and a sales tax exemption on certain contruction-related purchases. NorthPoint’s proposed arrangement with PortKC exempts 100 percent of property taxes for 10 years, followed by a 50 percent exemption the following 10 years.
Approximately 1,200 new hotel rooms have been proposed for Kansas City. The dual-brand Marriott and Hampton Inn hotels are just some of the names that have been added to the skyline. Song "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod.
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