Kemper Arena to be renamed Mosaic Arena

Kemper Arena will become Mosaic Arena per an agreement between Foutch Brothers and Mosaic Life Care.
Kemper Arena will become Mosaic Arena per an agreement between Foutch Brothers and Mosaic Life Care.

Kemper Arena will be renamed Mosaic Arena under an agreement announced Tuesday by Foutch Brothers, the development company that plans to repurpose the West Bottoms arena into a regional amateur sports facility.

Foutch said it had an initial agreement Tuesday for Mosaic Life Care to become the naming rights sponsor for the arena. Once that agreement is finalized, Kemper Arena will have a new name.

“The commitment of Mosaic Life Care is a symbolic first step for our redevelopment of the former Kemper Arena. A partner like Mosaic will be a catalyst to launch our youth sports project in the Stockyards District,” Steve Foutch, CEO of Foutch Brothers, said in a news release.

Mosaic has an expanding group of clinics in Kansas City, North. In addition to purchasing the naming rights, it said it will open an on-site medical clinic at the arena that will be open to the public. Services will include sports medicine, massages and urgent care.

“This partnership allows us not only to expand health-care services in this area slated for tremendous growth and development, but also supports our vision to transform communities,” said Mark Laney, CEO of Mosaic Life Care, in the news release.

Mosaic Life Care is a St. Joseph-based health care system. It currently has seven primary-care clinics in Kansas City’s Northland.

The exact dollar value of the naming rights was not disclosed, per the agreement.

Kemper Arena has been in decline ever since the Sprint Center opened downtown in 2007. In May, a city selection committee recommended Foutch Brothers as the preferred developer to take over Kemper Arena and repurpose it as a privately run facility.

Foutch Brothers’ proposal is to convert the mothballed public building into a regional hub for amateur youth and adult sports. But the plan is still being vetted for its financial viability, and the city hopes to make a final decision this fall.

A tour in May gave City Council members and residents a chance to see inside the mothballed Kemper Arena. Steve Foutch, managing partner of the development company Foutch Brothers, outlined his plans to convert the building.

An application has been filed to list Kemper Arena on the National Register of Historic Places, and a determination is expected late this month or in early September. The designation would help Foutch get historic tax credits for the redevelopment project.

If all goes as hoped, the new Foutch facility could be redeveloped by the end of 2017 at an estimated cost of $25 million to $30 million. The project would add a second floor and more than double the arena’s court space for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, dance, fitness, a multilane running and bicycling track, and numerous other sports purposes.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley