Development

Public invited to vote on KC’s top development project this year

The $74 million Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, East Patrol Station & Regional Crime Lab, funded by a city public safety sales tax, is a redevelopment catalyst for the Prospect Avenue corridor. It is one of 10 finalists for the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City’s 2016 Cornerstone Awards, which recognize investments in the city.
The $74 million Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, East Patrol Station & Regional Crime Lab, funded by a city public safety sales tax, is a redevelopment catalyst for the Prospect Avenue corridor. It is one of 10 finalists for the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City’s 2016 Cornerstone Awards, which recognize investments in the city. kmyers@kcstar.com

A mix of transportation, residential, commercial and manufacturing projects earned 10 finalist positions in the 2016 Cornerstone Awards competition sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City.

The finalists will vie for four additional honors: lifetime achievement, innovation and “made in KC,” and a new people’s choice category introduced this year. Voting is open online for the people’s choice award through May 10.

All 10 finalists will be showcased at 4 p.m. May 11 at the development group’s annual awards event that recognizes new construction, redevelopment, capital investments and job creation or retention. The Cornerstone showcase at Union Station also will feature food stations from some of the area’s independent restaurants.

The finalists, chosen from among 30 nominees:

CenterPoint Intermodal Center — Kansas City. CenterPoint Properties and the Kansas City Southern Railway Co. are developing 1,340 acres in south Kansas City, a construction investment of $41 million.

Kansas City Manufacturing. The Michigan-based manufacturer leased a KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre building near Kansas City International Airport to build auto parts and is expected to create 375 jobs with an average salary of $65,000.

Custom Truck & Equipment. Custom Truck & Equipment expanded its national headquarters in Kansas City, adding two new structures to make and assemble truck parts.

Lead Bank. The Lee’s Summit-based bank opened a new state-of-the-art branch in the Crossroads Arts District.

Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, East Patrol Station & Regional Crime Lab. The $74 million police station and crime lab campus, funded by a city public safety sales tax, is a redevelopment catalyst for the Prospect Avenue corridor.

Linwood Area Ministry Place. A former church and adjacent office building, restored for $2 million, created social service offices and apartments on East Linwood Boulevard.

MAC Properties. Redevelopment of multiple apartment buildings on Armour Boulevard between Broadway and Troost Avenue has provided 1,500 market-rate apartments and helped control blight and crime in the area.

Martin City CID and City of Kansas City, 135th Street Redevelopment. The more than 300-acre Community Improvement District with about 75 businesses in south Kansas City made significant infrastructure and business recruitment gains.

One Light. The new 25-story, 307-unit luxury apartment tower at 13th and Walnut streets, downtown’s first new-construction high-rise apartment tower building in 50 years, opened 80 percent leased.

KC streetcar. The city’s $102 million starter line through downtown is credited with encouraging more than $1.7 billion in new investment.

Commerce leaders and development officials celebrate the launch of the Commerce Tower redevelopment on Kansas City's new streetcar line.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford

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