BSA LifeStructures opens Kansas City area office

BSA LifeStructures, a national design firm that has done extensive work for the St. Luke’s Health System, has opened a three-person office in Leawood. The new office is the sixth nationwide for the architecture and engineering firm which also has operations in Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Metcalf South Shopping Center sold to new local owners

Kansas City’s Lane4 Property Group has teamed with the Kroenke Group of Columbia to purchase the struggling mall at 95th Street and Metcalf Avenue with an eye toward tearing it down and replacing it with a residential, retail and office project.

EPR Properties reports a strong fourth quarter

The specialty real estate investment trust based in Kansas City said revenue for the three months that ended Dec. 31 grew to $89.4 million from $82.5 million in the same period in 2012. Net income was $57.1 million, compared with $18.8 million a year ago.

Downtown YMCA project is still on track

One of downtown’s most high-profile corners, 10th Street and Grand Boulevard, would be transformed from a parking lot to a sparkling community and recreation center. The YMCA has been pursuing its $39 million downtown project for two years as part of a capital improvement program that includes an overhaul of its Linwood branch at 3800 E. Linwood Blvd.

Convention & Visitors Association’s new chairwoman has a rosy outlook

With her national background and familiarity with major events, Brenda Tinnen, the general manager of the Sprint Center, wants to help the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association to reverse what has been a discouraging decline in local convention and tourism business. Her arrival as association’s chairwoman comes at a pivotal time for the local convention industry.

Two groups battle over the future of Kemper Arena

The Foutch Brothers development company, which specializes in revitalizing historic buildings, wants to acquire Kemper Arena and create a regional hub for youth and amateur sporting events. City officials say it’s an “intriguing idea” but the American Royal has first dibs on the property. The American Royal still wants to demolish Kemper and replace it with a new agricultural events center.

Jimmy John’s gets green light for a drive-through in downtown KC

Some critics had argued that the project would worsen traffic congestion and was not appropriate for a downtown historic neighborhood. But the Plan Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the business site plan, saying the developer had jumped through all the necessary hoops and halting the project now wouldn’t be right.

ExpressJet Airlines opens crew base at KCI

The operator of branded service for United Express has leased 2,863 square feet in Terminal C. The facility will be the work home for 145 pilots, 85 flight attendants, and 35 maintenance and materials personnel.

Area housing market saw a healthy January

The average sales price of an existing home last month was $156,833, up 16 percent from January 2013, according to the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. There were 9,114 existing homes listed on the market, down 10 percent from the previous year.

Plan to enlarge Crossroads Academy is delayed

A divided Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission delayed consideration of the downtown charter school’s request for $5.5 million in assistance until March, with city-appointed commissioners mostly supporting the expansion plan for the 2-year-old school and representatives of other taxing jurisdictions criticizing the funding mechanism for the plan.

State historic tax credits are a good investment

It’s that time of year when Missouri's historic tax credit program is under fire again in Jefferson City, but their critical value continues to be proven in Kansas City with the recently approved Folgers and Argyle apartment redevelopments.

Crossroads Academy in downtown Kansas City wants to expand

The Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission is being asked Wednesday to support a request for $5.5 million in TIF assistance to help the charter school at 1015 Central St. purchase and renovate the Uhlmann Building next door at 1009 Central. If successful, the fast-growing school hopes to have 270 students enrolled a year from now.

New apartments are coming in old Garment District warehouse

A 110-year-old warehouse is reopening as a loft-style apartment project featuring a light sculpture cascading the depth of its eight-story atrium. The former Burnham-Hanna-Munger Manufacturing Co. building at 323 W. Eighth St. has been transformed into Lucas Place Lofts. The first residents of the 130-unit building are expected to begin moving in March 1.