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guesswho Apr 10, 2014 1:56 AM

KANSAS CITY| Development & Projects
This thread follows the general state of new/ongoing development in the entire Kansas City Metropolitan Area (KCMO, KCK, Johnson County, etc.) comprising of urban renewal, suburban projects, high rise development, civic projects, etc. Feel free to include projects that reach as far as Lawrence, KS (University of Kansas) and. St. Joseph, MO as they are often associated with the KC Metro Area.

Add any photos/updates to maintain a complete list......updates can range from a new neighborhood coffee shop/restaurant, park/outdoor space improvements, to high rise development.

Development Projects in Downtown Kansas City

Two Light

Power & Light Apartments (part of P&L tower project - 52 units)

Convention Hotel

Argyle Building (126 units)

Power & Light Tower Apartments (218 units)

Pickwick (261 units)

Three Light, Four Light, and 12 Grand


Development Projects in the Kansas City Urban Core (outside of downtown)
The Plaza, Crown Center, Columbus Park, Midtown, Westport, UMKC, etc.


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46 Penn Centre

BigKidD Apr 10, 2014 5:26 AM

Suburban Development Projects
Eastern KCMO, Raytown, Independence, Lee's Summit, etc.


Cerner Three Trails Campus

Nall Corporate Centre II, Overland Park

CityPlace, Overland Park

Video Link
Video Link

Bluhawk, Overland Park
KCBJ article

Lenexa City Center, Lenexa
Site plan can be found here


Brookridge Golf Course Redevelopment
KCBJ article


6601 College Blvd
KCBJ article

guesswho Apr 10, 2014 1:42 PM

Streetcar virtues touted

April 8, 2014
Kevin Collison
The Kansas City Star

"The good news is, the Kansas City downtown streetcar plan has lots of people excited.

And for the most part, that’s a wonderful thing because it’s an important boost to our hopes for joining other progressive U.S. cities embracing rail transit.

The concern remains, however, that streetcar backers are overstating its effect when it comes to stimulating development, setting people up for unrealistic expectations.

That was my takeaway from last week’s discussion on “Development in the Age of #KCStreetcar,” sponsored by the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute and the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance.

It was a good update on some new projects: George Birt’s River Market West apartment project and the 1914 Main apartment plan by a Colorado developer. And it was a progress report on two older proposals: Jon Copaken’s Crossroads apartment deal first floated in 2007 and the 51st and Oak Whole Foods plan announced by VanTrust Real Estate in 2012."

guesswho Apr 10, 2014 1:58 PM

West Elm will open in the former Pottery Barn space on the Country Club Plaza

April 8, 2014
Joyce Smith
The Kansas City Star

"West Elm, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, sells an assortment of home products, including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen items and gifts.

It plans a fall opening at 400 W. 47th St., at the corner of 47th Street and Broadway.

In a statement, Glenn Stephenson, vice president of the Kansas City division of Highwoods Properties, said the store will be a “fantastic addition to the Plaza’s great lineup of exclusive retailers.”

Pottery Barn closed in January after nearly 20 years of operations on the Plaza.

West Elm, which was launched in 2002, previously had an area store in Leawood’s One Nineteen shopping center, now called Town Center Crossing.

It opened in the middle of 2008 and closed in early 2010, along with three other West Elm locations in California, Ohio and Virginia.

However, the company also opened new stores that year.

There are currently about 60 West Elm retail stores in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe."

guesswho Apr 10, 2014 9:06 PM

11 Things Only People from Kansas City Will Understand

Eight Kansas City Fountains in Desperate Need of Repair

"KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The City of Fountains Foundation is working to raise money to restore eight Kansas City fountains that may shut-off for good if not repaired.

Foundation Board Member Pat O'Neill said some of the city's 48 fountains are between 50 and 100 years old. Some have rusted pipes and cracking walls.

Last year, the foundation started a fundraising campaign called "Wish upon a Fountain." So far it is halfway to it's goal of raising $2.5 million.

Part of the money raised paid for renovations at the Eagle Scout Memorial Fountain. Crews repaired the fountain's lights, plumbing, mechanics, walls and landscaping."

guesswho Apr 11, 2014 2:36 AM

Lee’s Summit City Council approves more apartments at New Longview

April 9, 2014
Russ Pulley
Lee's Summit Journal

" The Residences at New Longview won solid support from the Lee’s Summit City Council which approved the $35 million project without dissent.

The council voted 7-0 April 3, with David Mosby absent, for the project’s preliminary development plan and for a Chapter 100 plan that will dictate the amount of taxes paid by the project for the next 11 years.

NorthPoint Development plans to build 309 luxury apartment units, in seven, four-story buildings of Craftsman style architecture, with stone and lap siding just east of Metropolitan Community College-Longview and south of existing apartments.

“The quality is the highest quality we see here in the Kansas City area, or across the nation,” said Mark Pomerenke, vice president of operations for NorthPoint Development.

Under the financial agreement with Lee’s Summit and NorthPoint Development, the city would technically own the project for 11 years and issue bonds for construction, with NorthPoint Development making “payments in lieu of taxes.” "

guesswho Apr 11, 2014 2:39 AM

Film Office to be back in action in Kansas City

April 9, 2014
Melissa Stern

"KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City might be seeing more action:”lights, camera, action” that is with the help of a film office returning after a decade of having the curtain down.

Kansas City is reeling in the production business. After more than 10 years, the city’s new budget is bringing about the the re-establishment of a film office.

“We’ve fallen behind in terms of productions that should have happened here,” said Teri Rogers, the CEO and President of the production company, Hint.”When you don’t have a film office, or a person to go to, what happens is, either it falls to the film commission which is all volunteers and we all have our own jobs.”

Rogers says when Kansas City’s government sponsored film office was discontinued more than a decade ago, it caused the city to fall behind in the industry."

kjwill89 Apr 13, 2014 10:53 PM

Groundbreaking tomorrow!
One Light groundbreaking tomorrow!

d'trolley Apr 15, 2014 4:24 AM

Man GuessWho, way to get this KC compilation page going strong. :cheers:

This is definitely a good start to all the KC projects, especially suburban projects. I will try and add some information to as many of the projects as I can. There are also many urban projects that haven't been listed yet, so I will see what I can do to help as well.

Not sure where you got your info, but most all of the info I will provide is from the development forum. We have an on-going downtown development thread that has been kept up with the hard work of our online community.

guesswho Apr 15, 2014 10:13 PM

Thanks d'trolley. My immediate sphere of development visibility usually revolves around Leawood (and there really isn't much going on there other than Park Place), so any downtown KC projects you spot would be great to see.

It just bugged me that KC was the only Midwest city without a thread on this forum, so I thought I'd start definitely is loaded with content, so I'll have to check over there from time to time.

d'trolley Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM

Here is the rendering given in this article that GuessWho included:

This project is a 5 story mixed use building at 1914 Main. It is being developed by a Colorado developer who has been quoted as saying the primary reason for them building in KC is the streetcar. Currently this development site is a parking lot.

d'trolley Apr 15, 2014 11:50 PM
Photo taken by kcrag forumer Critical_Mass

Helix architecture and design firm is finishing up a renovation and expansion project of the building at 1515 and 1517 Walnut. Here is an article about this project: The building is becoming mixed use with retail on the ground floor and a few apartments on the upper floors. The third floor is a completely new addition.

guesswho Apr 16, 2014 12:06 AM

Dead Mall - Metro North Shopping Center

The entire mall, opened in 1976, has recently shut down, except for a Macy's and three freestanding restaurants which remain open.

A new proposal to demolish the mall and replace it with a one story project (2/3 the size of the current mall) has been floated around, however several redevelopment projects have failed at this site, so nothing is certain.

The site at US-169 and Bary Rd is very visible and quite large, so whatever redevelopment occurs, will hopefully be sizable and mixed use with medium density residential if the area demand can support it with the new KCI terminal proposal.

I'm guessing that the opening of Zona Rosa just to the west killed off this mall (along with the general decline of indoor malls).

d'trolley Apr 16, 2014 12:08 AM


Originally Posted by BigKidD (Post 6533070)
Crossroads West and Apex on Quality Hill

The Crossroads West complex would have a six-story building with 275 luxury apartments, wrapped around a 400-space garage.

An Indianapolis developer with local roots is planning to build three separate downtown apartment projects totaling 661 units in the Quality Hill and West Crossroads areas.

Jim Thomas, a partner with Cityscape Residential who grew up in Raytown, wants to enter the urban market in a big way with an investment in new apartment construction totaling $125 million.

If his development plan rolls out as proposed, it would be almost twice the investment planned by the Cordish Co. in its 25-story, 311-unit apartment tower scheduled to break ground next week at 13th and Walnut streets. It’s also twice the size as the 323-unit Market Station development that opened in the River Market in 2010.

Read more here:

And here are some early renderings of the other two buildings:

Wide variety eh? :haha:

These are huge projects for downtown though, so I can't be upset yet. I'm not too excited about the renderings that have come out so far, but I'm sure these are far from final designs. I will have to wait to really give any serious judgements.

guesswho Apr 16, 2014 12:27 AM

New Data Center at Subtropolis

LightEdge Solutions has opened its new $60 million data center at the Subtropolis underground business park operated by Hunt Midwest, and dignitaries such as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Hunt family are to attend a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday.

The new 60,000-square-foot operation will serve LightEdge, a cloud computing, co-location and managed services company based in Des Moines. The 21-employee operation is the anchor tenant for what’s being called the Subtropolis Technology Center.

d'trolley Apr 16, 2014 12:38 AM
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A classic Kansas City building across the street from Union Station plans to be converted into residential. The flagship Portfolio Kitchen and Home store currently occupies the ground floor.

d'trolley Apr 16, 2014 1:03 AM

51 Main

This 5 story (along Main, 6 story along Baltimore) luxury apartment building is half way done being built. Located at the corner of 51st and Main st. in the South Plaza, this building will have 176 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail.

guesswho Apr 16, 2014 2:28 AM

Developers lay out their visions for the Kansas City of tomorrow

"By 2020, Kansas City's downtown may more resemble a neighborhood than a business center.

"I'd say it already is," says Kansas City, Missouri, City Councilman Ed Ford, whose district once included downtown. "We have more residents and probably less jobs than we did 10 years ago. I think we'll see that trend continuing."

Not probably. Definitely.

Downtown Kansas City lost 16,000 jobs between 2001 and 2011, despite City Hall's pouring billions of dollars into sprucing up the once-seedy core. Much of the employment loss is attributed to an aging stock of office buildings in the south loop, from which companies have fled in large numbers. Parking shortages and outmoded building configurations have made cheaper locales, such as Overland Park's Sprint Campus, or newly renovated buildings like Union Station preferable to stodgy skyscrapers from the 1960s, like Commerce Tower."

Great article with an update on UMKC moving the art school campus downtown.

guesswho Apr 16, 2014 2:35 AM

I know posts on here are usually secular due to the nature of general development, but I think this is notable just due to the size of the project, and it being KC's most well known "mega-church."

Leawood’s United Methodist Church of the Resurrection eyes a $90 million overhaul

"New additions near 137th Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood, as laid out in the church’s capital campaign, are designed to be much prettier than what motorists see there today.

Never before has Resurrection featured stained glass. These plans call for one of the largest stained glass windows in the country, facing northwest and visible from U.S. 69, two miles away."

guesswho Apr 16, 2014 2:51 AM

Mission Gateway developer promises 'no more promises'

March 21, 2014

"After eight years of delays in attempting to develop the Mission Gateway project at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue, developer Tom Valenti said he's not making any more promises.

But he's not giving up either, Valenti insisted during a breakfast meeting held Friday to update Mission residents on the Gateway and Johnson Drive reconstruction projects.

Valenti did say that a proposed 150,000-square-foot Walmart store, which replaced an aquarium as the project's anchor tenant in 2012, remained committed to the project and wasn't in jeopardy. But while he acknowledged that Walmart's lease could be voided if Gateway isn't developed by a certain date, Valenti would not say what that deadline is."

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