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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The nearly 100-year-old building appears to be headed toward conversion into a Holiday Inn Express. The vacant, seven-story downtown building at 417 E. 13th St. is across from the Jackson County Courthouse.
The federal agency will be the first tenant in an 82-acre office park called South Pointe, near Botts Road and Missouri 150. The new 225,000-square-foot building, at 14200 Merritt Road, is being built by Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell, which also designed it. The organization will be the last agency to leave the old Bannister Federal Complex.
The Riverside company, an active developer in the Kansas City area, acquired the 36-story, art deco office building at 106 W. 14th St. from Gailoyd Enterprises Group, based in Carmel, N.Y. Construction is expected to begin this week on converting the skyscraper into a 200-unit apartment tower.
The new agreement expands the amount of space the Marines’ information technology center will occupy in the building next to the Bannister Federal Complex. The Marines also expanded employment to 530 at the site., up from 450 in mid-2013.
Renovation of the Kansas City Police headquarters will end its “Barney Miller-esque” conditions and return the eight-story art deco landmark built during the Great Depression to a clean and modern space. Its $21 million price tag includes an expansion to handle police commission meetings and other public gatherings.
The CityPlace project — being developed by Kansas City-based Block Real Estate Services — includes apartments, offices, retail shops and a senior living complex. It covers about 90 acres near U.S. 69 and College Boulevard..