A 12-story, 116-unit residential tower with retail on the ground floor is the new plan for 2100 Wyandotte, which required EPA Superfund demolition and which has gone through 15 years of redevelopment plans. The new plan calls for market-rate studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with 153 enclosed parking spaces under the name Arterra 21.
Populous and HNTB joined Eppstein Uhen of Milwaukee in winning a design contract for a new sports and entertainment complex envisioned by the Milwaukee Bucks owners. Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said the team wants to create “the ultimate fan-centric arena and a year-round public space.”
The century-old building in Kansas City’s historic Garment District is being redeveloped for more downtown housing. The units are expected to begin opening this summer at market-rate rents of $1,000 to $1,200 a month.
Kansas City-based Populous is working with the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars on conceptual designs for a proposed 48-acre entertainment and leisure district. The plan calls for a “walkable destination” with restaurants, retail, a hotel, residential units, offices, a marina and other public spaces.
Construction of the three-story building would move Kansas City’s largest privately owned company and its 325 employees to Kansas. The announcement drew the ire of Mayor Sly James, who complained about the area’s “wasteful and destructive bidding war” that fails to produce new jobs.
Groundbreaking is expected this spring on a five-building apartment complex inside the freeway loop that will add 252 residential units to the growing housing market in downtown Kansas City. Construction also will begin on a nearby 138-unit apartment building by the same developer.
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The Kansas City Council voted to settle a lawsuit by the Lamar advertising company, which had challenged the city’s powers to condemn its billboard. The impasse threatened to scuttle the hotel project at 20th and Main streets. Now Lamar would give up that billboard in exchange for upgrading two other existing highway signs, while making the Main Street property available for a five-story, 110-room hotel.
The historic Corrigan Building, named after a supporter of early rail transit in Kansas City, is linking its future to downtown’s new streetcar line. The 10-story building at 1828 Walnut St. in the Crossroads Arts District was set to be redeveloped into luxury apartments. But the developers recently decided to take the project in a different direction.
Olathe Medical Center is embarking on a $100 million-plus expansion, its largest ever, which will include the addition of a four-story obstetrics wing and neonatal intensive care unit. The projects for its 250-acre campus between 151st Street and Interstate 35 will add more than 200,000 square feet of new construction by early 2017.
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.
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.