A $29 million mixed-use development complete with "grab and go" food and amenity-laden apartments is working its way through the city approval process and could soon replace a block of aging houses near the Country Club Plaza and Westport.
The development, currently known as "Midtown Crossing," would revamp an entire city block of Belleview Avenue with 138 apartments, a parking garage and more than 3,300 square feet of commercial retail space "designed to meet the needs, wants and desires of the millennial generation renters," according to George Birt, a development consultant on the project.
Birt, a partner at Consolidated Development Partners, said some of the amenities might include community spaces, a coffee bar, a pet grooming facility, bike repair, an outdoor garden and seating area, a pool and outdoor games he compared to Westport's Char Bar or North Kansas City's Chicken N Pickle bar. However, Midtown Crossing wouldn't have pickle ball, he said.
“So it’ll be the kinds of amenities you might see at other higher-end facilities," Birt said.
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The development, proposed for a block of Belleview Avenue south of 44th Street and north of 45th Street, would have some sort of mixed-use component at the north end. Birt said developers hadn't secured a tenant but were looking at "any number of grab and go food concepts (or) coffee bar concepts.”
The 138 proposed apartments would be "market rate" and comparable to other rents around the Plaza and Westport area, said Charles Renner, an attorney for the developer, Amin Rezvani, owner of Iron Door Development.
Midtown Crossing would replace 13 houses aging houses along Belleview Avenue. An appraisal on file with the city for the development argues the block full or 100-year-old houses is blighted. Six of the 13 homes, three of which had been converted to offices, were vacant when developers bought them.
"Due to the advancing age of these structures and a noticeable lack of upkeep and maintenance, deterioration .... is extensive," the report says.
The development faces approval Wednesday by the Kansas City Council's Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee.
Committee members will consider rezoning the 1.5-acre area and whether to approve a proposed plan creating a Planned Industrial Expansion Authority planning area, which could afford developers a tax abatement for the project down the line.
Depending on how the committee votes, the City Council could vote on the project in the coming weeks. After that, the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority would consider a tax abatement.
"The project is not feasible without some level of abatement," Birt said.