The shuttered Metro North Mall inched closer to redevelopment Tuesday with a rezoning approval that paves the way for a $187.5 million multiuse commercial and residential project.
The Kansas City Plan Commission unanimously approved rezoning for the 93-acre site at Northwest Barry Road and U.S. 169 in the Northand.
The change, requested by property owner Metro North Crossing LLC, allows for redevelopment of the existing Macy’s building and construction of 885,000 square feet of new shops, residences, a hotel and a theater under a multiphase proposal.
Kansas City’s Tax Increment Financing Commission earlier this year authorized a 23-year public incentives plan for the redevelopment that will divert $143.9 million in property and economic activity taxes to help cover project and financing costs.
The plan calls for the 40-year-old mall, closed in 2014, to be demolished, except for the anchor Macy’s store, which will be extensively renovated. Three existing restaurants — Olive Garden, Red Lobster and McDonald’s — are to remain on pad sites within the project area.
No one spoke in opposition to the rezoning at the commission meeting.
In place of the demolished mall, the plan includes multiple buildings, including 734,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, 66,500 square feet of restaurant space, an 82,000-square-foot hotel and 117,000 square feet of residential units.
Traffic patterns, parking and landscaping also are to be altered to allow vehicle access to the heart of the development through a “Main Street” concept designed to be both vehicle- and pedestrian-friendly.
David Horn of Metro North Crossing said he’d been working closely with Macy’s on the redesign.
“This isn’t the first mall Macy’s been involved with that failed,” Horn said. “They gave us good insight to develop this plan.”
The developers said they’ve also received interest from some former Metro North Mall tenants about becoming tenants in Metro North Crossing.
Horn emphasized the development team’s successful redevelopments of Antioch Crossing and Blue Ridge Crossing. He said Metro North represents a good location in the Northland, but its outdated mall structure requires demolition to allow a multiuse project that will attract people and revitalize the site.
The multiphase plan includes a 40,000-sqaure-foot “grocery concept,” which many Northlanders are hoping could be a Trader Joe’s. The plan also calls for a 100-room hotel and 150 apartment units.
The development team includes Colliers International, Thomson Walker LLC, Slaggie Architects and Landplan Engineering.