Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby geeman68 » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:35 am

Any word on movement for the Embassy Suites conversion?

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby DaveKCMO » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:42 pm

geeman68 wrote:Any word on movement for the Embassy Suites conversion?


financing...

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby FangKC » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:46 pm

Does anyone know how many parking spaces are in the attached garage? In an old article about the development, it was mentioned that there were 528 parking spaces in both the garage and the attached surface parking lot. I just want to know how many are in the garage itself.

From Google Aerial, there appears to be 40 spots on the surface lot, so I'm guessing 488 spots in the garage. The hotel will have 301 rooms. That leaves 187 spaces for staff and visitors in the garage. Not all hotel guests will arrive in a car, so more spaces might be available for other purposes. I wonder how many employees will work at the hotel at maximum staffing during a shift? Does anyone have any guess based on other similarly-sized hotels like the President or Phillips?

I'm trying to figure out if the surface parking lot can be redeveloped, with some underground parking, if the Grand Avenue Temple office building gets redeveloped into apartments, and additional new apartments are built above any new garage there.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby cpt4599 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:41 pm

Scaffolding was setup on the south side of the building today. Is this project moving forward?

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:06 pm

cpt4599 wrote:Scaffolding was setup on the south side of the building today. Is this project moving forward?


Really? I didn't seen anything. They have a lane blocked off, and did some sidewalk repair it looks like, but I haven't seen any worker activity. Maybe you saw some overflow from Pickwick? Or maybe I missed it.

I'd love to see this move forward. This building, especially on the east side garage and north side, sees quite a bit of...loitering, for lack of a better word. Pickwick security has helped a bit, but only so much can be done until it's developed.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby Highlander » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:40 am

WoodDraw wrote:
cpt4599 wrote:Scaffolding was setup on the south side of the building today. Is this project moving forward?


Really? I didn't seen anything. They have a lane blocked off, and did some sidewalk repair it looks like, but I haven't seen any worker activity. Maybe you saw some overflow from Pickwick? Or maybe I missed it.

I'd love to see this move forward. This building, especially on the east side garage and north side, sees quite a bit of...loitering, for lack of a better word. Pickwick security has helped a bit, but only so much can be done until it's developed.


The east side of the Federal Reserve looks like some defensive wall out of the movie "The maze". It's just one of the most stark, unfriendly, blank intimidating walls in KC if not the Midwest. Getting something done would also help out the Pickwick. The Pickwick is a nice building but the east side of the fed reserve really harshes its vibe.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:19 am

Highlander wrote:
WoodDraw wrote:
cpt4599 wrote:Scaffolding was setup on the south side of the building today. Is this project moving forward?


Really? I didn't seen anything. They have a lane blocked off, and did some sidewalk repair it looks like, but I haven't seen any worker activity. Maybe you saw some overflow from Pickwick? Or maybe I missed it.

I'd love to see this move forward. This building, especially on the east side garage and north side, sees quite a bit of...loitering, for lack of a better word. Pickwick security has helped a bit, but only so much can be done until it's developed.


The east side of the Federal Reserve looks like some defensive wall out of the movie "The maze". It's just one of the most stark, unfriendly, blank intimidating walls in KC if not the Midwest. Getting something done would also help out the Pickwick. The Pickwick is a nice building but the east side of the fed reserve really harshes its vibe.


Agreed. The security concrete planters aren't the friendliest either. Building needs a lot of work.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:04 pm

I walked by to make sure I wasn't going crazy. A few boarded up windows, some sidewalk repair, but no sign of activity. The planters and garage entrances seem to be worker/homeless smoke break and drinking areas. Last night a group of people hanging and playing music on the east side garage exit.

This building really is a disaster. So pedestrian hostile. If that surface lot on the North East side could be developed and just anything to break up the monotiney of the awfulness of this place and add some light. Especially with the retail opening up at Pickwick.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby KCPowercat » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:35 pm

I mural would help that east face quite a bit.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:27 pm

KCPowercat wrote:I mural would help that east face quite a bit.

Or a light show, or some such decorative use (see page 3)

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:36 pm

KCPowercat wrote:I mural would help that east face quite a bit.


Would it though? Unless they paint it in neon.

What would really help is some landscaping, if they're going to keep the security bunker feel to it. And light. And develop that surface lot.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby missingkc » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:02 am

I really find the building handsome, if austere. To alleviate the austerity I'd first replace the security barricades cum planters with less massive planters made of materials that would provide relief from the concrete overload. I'd consider changing the color on the gridwork. I don't know what's on the other side of the grid, but opening those spaces for retail/food service would be nice. I'd explore turning the facade into a green wall. Of course, someone would have to pay to have that maintained but it could be beautiful.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby beautyfromashes » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:42 am

I'm not sure which I'd rather have, an East Loop development or this building redone. It breaks my mellow every time I walk past it.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:02 pm

There were some lights on in the tower when I walked by last night. Not sure if that's normal, or if the pigeons have learned how to use electricity.

Pickwick is looking very nice. Are the developers doing anything else downtown?

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:32 pm

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but who currently owns this building? Is there any way we could get in touch with some local gardening club and partner with the city and do something with these planters? I'd be willing to throw in some donations. Just a little color in the spring would at least make this block look presentable. Local artists as well, now that the streets have a little more light.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby flyingember » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:05 pm

DELTA QUAD HOLDINGS LLC
10459 PARK MEADOWS DR
LONE TREE, CO 80124

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:57 pm

flyingember wrote:DELTA QUAD HOLDINGS LLC
10459 PARK MEADOWS DR
LONE TREE, CO 80124


Thanks. I guess I'm less sympathetic then, especially since I just watched rats run in and out of the building on my way home. Do they own the garage as well?

At least the rats and pigeons seem happy. "The Old Federal Reserve - An Urban Animal Sanctuary"
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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby WoodDraw » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:04 pm

Looks like they're in chapter 11 bankruptcy. That explains the financing...

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby FangKC » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:39 am

I have a feeling the last announced hotel plan won't happen, and the building will be sold again.

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Re: Old Federal Reserve (925 Grand)

Postby hartliss » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:55 pm

FangKC wrote:I have a feeling the last announced hotel plan won't happen, and the building will be sold again.


Agreed.


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