Lewis Diuguid

Downtown Kansas City continues to show signs of new economic vitality

A pedestrian walks across the street in front of Cordish Co.'s One Light, a 25-story apartment tower is under construction at 13th and Walnut streets in downtown Kansas City. A second high-rise apartment tower is proposed for Truman Road and Grand Boulevard.
A pedestrian walks across the street in front of Cordish Co.'s One Light, a 25-story apartment tower is under construction at 13th and Walnut streets in downtown Kansas City. A second high-rise apartment tower is proposed for Truman Road and Grand Boulevard. Kansas City Star

The new construction taking place downtown makes navigating the streets more of a challenge.

But it is better to see the construction cranes in the skyline and orange cones marking off detours than no activity in the once dead zone of Kansas City. The multimillion-dollar downtown buildup includes tracks being laid on Main Street for the 2-mile streetcar set to begin taking passengers between Crown Center and the River Market later this year.

Cordish Co., well-known for the Power & Light District, is putting in One Light, a residential tower at 13th and Walnut streets, and a second, Two Light, would be built on a parking lot between Walnut Street and Grand Boulevard on Truman Road.

Not to be neglected, old office buildings and warehouses continue to get multimillion-dollar makeovers. A 100-year-old vacant downtown office building at 417 E. 13th St. by December may open as a 75-room Holiday Inn Express. Being close to the very popular Sprint Center would make it a great draw for out-of-town concert-goers

The new hotel space will add to downtown’s appeal as a place where groups would want to bring future conventions.

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