The Kansas City-based architecture firm, a world leader in sports stadium and arena design, will occupy about 76,000 square feet of the 165,714 square feet in a seven-story building at 4800 Main that for many years housed the Kansas City Board of Trade. Populous this week published drawings showing the radical new look for the building.
Officials with the city and Cordish, developer of the Power & Light District, are talking about a second apartment high-rise to pair with the One Light residential tower under construction at 13th and Walnut streets. One Light is expected to be completed this fall. The new tower, to be called Two Light, would be built on Truman Road between Walnut Street and Grand Boulevard on a site that is now a parking lot with 83 spaces.
The firm will consolidate its 33 administrative offices at Crown Center. The moves are expected to generate 275 new jobs in the 2301 McGee building. It’s the second major law firm service center gain for that building announced in recent months.
With the completion of about 10.5 miles of sewers and two huge new pump stations, home construction is expected to start in the spring. Advocates say it’s Kansas City’s next best chance to compete with Johnson County and other suburbs in an area with good school districts, quality retail and a 20-minute drive to downtown.
Developer Mark Patel bought the 100-year-old vacant downtown office building at 417 E. 13th St. late last year from Matt Abbott. Patel said renovation work on the interior of the seven-story building should begin around the end of January. He is hoping for a December opening for what will be a 75-room hotel.
A building at 1700 Wyandotte St. was approved for a 10-year, 100 percent abatement, and a building at 1706-10 Wyandotte St. was approved for a 10-year, 100 percent abatement and a 5-year, 50 percent abatement after the 10-year abatement sunsets.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
The company 21c Museum Hotels plans to invest $47.5 million to convert the historic downtown property into a 120-room boutique hotel, restaurant and contemporary art museum. Construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2015.
Construction is to begin early next year on townhomes for the homeless at Troost Avenue and Admiral Boulevard. The Rose Hill Townhomes will be near reStart, which will assist the families. It’s affordable housing, but it’s being designed to resemble the high-quality, market-rate housing in Quality Hill.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City said 465 permits for single-family home construction were issued in October. That was the highest monthly total since 597 permits were issued in October 2007, before the housing market slumped and the economy headed into a recession.
Cornerstone Associates LLC owns three senior residence projects in the Kansas City area. It is getting property and sales tax help on the 140 upscale units it plans to build at 531 Grand Blvd. in Kansas City.
During the holidays, businesses that hoped to attract new patrons are now trying just to retain their loyal clientele. They knew it would be inconvenient, but they say this is worse than the city originally described. The problem: Instead of just putting in streetcar track, like some other cities, Kansas City is also replacing water and sewer lines, most of them more than 100 years old.
The Nerdery will add 100 jobs to its current Kansas City staff of 33 over the next five years. Having outgrown its original office here, the company in October relocated to a larger location in the historic Western Union Building at 100 E. Seventh St.
The 19-story Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel at 4445 Main St. has been acquired by a New York real estate investment firm. The new owner, Carey Watermark Investors Inc., said it is planning extensive interior and exterior renovations on the 295-room hotel.
Shovels struck dirt Wednesday afternoon on the seventh Kansas City area office complex for fast-growing Cerner Corp., a huge $4.45 billion project intended to house 16,000 new Cerner workers within the decade. Both Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James extolled the project’s long-term economic impact.
The work by Chicago-based CenterPoint Properties is expected to take up to 18 months and includes a site assessment and developing a plan for demolishing obsolete facilities and environmentally restoring the property, according to an announcement by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The Kansas City Council voted to settle the lawsuit over the failed Clay County development. The money will come from capital improvements sales tax dollars. Prospect North, also known as Renaissance North, was once envisioned as an 80-acre development near Maple Woods Community College.
A 175,000-square-foot Wal-Mart store with its adjacent 4,000-square-foot garden center would be the centerpiece of the most recently proposed Mission Gateway development at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue. A 150-room hotel and a small retail strip also remain in the plan.
The decision by the Foutch Brothers development firm to drop its renovation plan for Kemper Arena followed a letter from the American Royal threatening a lawsuit. In the Oct. 17 letter obtained by The Star, a lawyer for the American Royal said Foutch’s plan interfered with the Royal’s lease with the city.
A showdown over a giant billboard at 20th and Main streets is heating up in court and could have a big impact on a proposal for a $19 million hotel at the entrance to the Crossroads neighborhood. Lamar outdoor advertising company is challenging Kansas City’s move to condemn its billboard.
The development company sent a statement to City Hall saying that it had decided not to continue its plan to repurpose Kemper. Meanwhile, a Kansas City Council committee leader said he would recommend that the city pump $20 million into a rival American Royal plan instead.