Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Wed May 11, 2016 9:37 pm

The Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee unanimously recommended that the full council approve a multifaceted public incentive plan to help the private developers on the project.

A $146 million redevelopment project was proposed for a building that’s been vacant for eight years. The committee sent the ordinance for final council consideration on Thursday with an “advance and do pass” recommendation.

Language in the ordinance includes an accelerated effective date, according to council member Katheryn Shields, which means it cannot be subject to a referendum petition.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 50467.html

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu May 12, 2016 4:41 pm

approved!

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby JBmidtown » Thu May 12, 2016 4:55 pm

until petitioners ruin everything

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu May 12, 2016 4:56 pm

JBmidtown wrote:until petitioners ruin everything


passed with an accelerated effective date and thus not subject to referendum.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby JBmidtown » Thu May 12, 2016 4:58 pm

awesome!

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby geeman68 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:05 pm

#yaaas! Final two clearances have been approved. They should start the conversion for the 301 Room Embassy in August. Now, put a Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds in there!

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby DaveKCMO » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:39 pm

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 95497.html

Aside from the convention hotel, the biggest downtown lodging project in the works is a $146.5 million rehabilitation of the former Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City tower at 925 Grand Blvd.

Developers are forging ahead with plans for a 301-room Embassy Suites plus an adjacent 24-room boutique hotel in an annex. The ambitious project, which foiled previous renovation attempts, was made feasible by a public financing agreement reached earlier this month.

Work on the historic 21-story tower — vacant and deteriorating since the Fed relocated in 2008 — is expected to start in August and it will be ready to accept guests by spring 2018, according to Doug Stone, an attorney for the developers.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby geeman68 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:39 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/development/article83995497.html

Aside from the convention hotel, the biggest downtown lodging project in the works is a $146.5 million rehabilitation of the former Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City tower at 925 Grand Blvd.

Developers are forging ahead with plans for a 301-room Embassy Suites plus an adjacent 24-room boutique hotel in an annex. The ambitious project, which foiled previous renovation attempts, was made feasible by a public financing agreement reached earlier this month.

Work on the historic 21-story tower — vacant and deteriorating since the Fed relocated in 2008 — is expected to start in August and it will be ready to accept guests by spring 2018, according to Doug Stone, an attorney for the developers.


Is this Embassy project still on track?

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby DaveKCMO » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:48 am

yes.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby geeman68 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:59 am

I'm hoping to see the start of the renovation sometime this month. I work at UMB and want the pigeon poop to go away. :)

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby ThorsteinVeblen » Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:20 pm

Agreed on the pigeon poop. Was running through crown center, south on grand, and see they've done a good job cleaning up under the trees. That was really bad for a while, I'm surprised the city doesn't see it as a health issue more than anything and make a better effort to power wash the sidewalks.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:01 am

ThorsteinVeblen wrote:Agreed on the pigeon poop. Was running through crown center, south on grand, and see they've done a good job cleaning up under the trees. That was really bad for a while, I'm surprised the city doesn't see it as a health issue more than anything and make a better effort to power wash the sidewalks.

The city doesn't own the sidewalks across >99% of the city. And there's thousands of miles of sidewalks. This would be a huge project to identify and clean them. It would be never ending and it's money better spent elsewhere like sidewalk curb cuts.

I could see an ordinance in certain zoning types (at least UR and commercial) to require cleaning up sidewalks of animal droppings of all kinds and people reporting issues triggers reviews like other issues.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby ThorsteinVeblen » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:29 am

Flyingember,

Don't disagree with you and I wouldn't expect that across the whole city, however, Crown Center seems like a logical place to keep clean of abundant bird feces, same with the central business district. Doesn't really hurt anything on a suburban or low density street area but, from all outward appearances, would seem to be reasonable and worth the money within city centers.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby taxi » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:36 am

Save the Pigeon Shit.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:07 am

ThorsteinVeblen wrote:Flyingember,

Don't disagree with you and I wouldn't expect that across the whole city, however, Crown Center seems like a logical place to keep clean of abundant bird feces, same with the central business district. Doesn't really hurt anything on a suburban or low density street area but, from all outward appearances, would seem to be reasonable and worth the money within city centers.


But why should the city do it? Crown Center is privately owned.

This seems like exactly the kind of thing they should have a maintenance staff for.

It's a great idea for something to require, since there is a health aspect involved, but I don't get why the city should be who does basic cleaning of a privately owned sidewalk.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby pash » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:26 am

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:22 pm

We're talking about something different than that level of maintenance. there's two areas

1. who keeps a sidewalk there and usable in a it's a usable sidewalk sense
2. who keeps the sidewalk functional in a practicable people can use it sense.

Number 1 is paving, curb cuts, sign placement, utility permits, temp construction sidewalks, trees, etc
Number 2 is not putting a sidewalk café or a business sign in the path. It's keeping it clean of trash. It's not letting people parking on it. It's snow removal, limb removal and such.

Look at the scope between those two. One is on the scale of months or years. The other is on the scale of hours or days. There's no way the city can keep up with the tens of thousands of things on the shorter schedule but they should be able to handle the long-term.

I would like to see there be an ordinance with increasing fines that charge building owners for items in the short term bucket and the city takes over funding and doing everything else.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby atticus23 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:25 pm

And back to the Federal Reserve/Embassy Suites project...


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