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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby mgh7676 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:54 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the building that had Power & Light Grill on street level? Zoo Bar is a couple blocks away, on McGee Street.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby smh » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:56 am

mgh7676 wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the building that had Power & Light Grill on street level? Zoo Bar is a couple blocks away, on McGee Street.


I believe you are correct. We can't have Zoo Bar going anywhere. Ol' Ironsides.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby mgh7676 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:01 am

Zoo Bar > Holiday Inn Express, for sure.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:32 am

fixed the thread title for you.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby moderne » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:54 pm

During the '60's this building housed Alexander Barkett's Civic Plaza N ational Bank. In the late '60's and earlly '70's he proposed a 52 story office slab taking up the whole block where the MO Court of Appeals now stands. Looked a little like the former Republic Bank(Elm Tower) in Dallas. IF this had come to fruition before Crown Center DT might have not sunk to the lows it did.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby KCDowntown » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:34 am

Permit issued for interior demolition on this building. This project might be firing up soon.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby Demosthenes » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:15 am

Historic Interstate Building downtown will be converted into a Holiday Inn Express: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 04737.html

Seems things are moving pretty quickly now that the new owner has control of the building. Btw it seems that this building's owner is the same guy who owns the Gumbel building that is also being turned into a hotel (Hampton Inn).

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby FangKC » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:58 am

I just wish the rest of the block this building is on would get developed, and the block to the south of it.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby pash » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:53 am

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby beautyfromashes » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:04 am

pash wrote:Seems like there is a lot of hotel space coming online in the loop and Crossroads over the next year or so. Probably about 500 rooms? What are vacancies like right now, and why does everybody all of the sudden send to think there's a lot of unmet demand?


I think there is increased demand. It used to be that my wife and I could get a cheap rate on a weekend getaway downtown. Rates for the Westin and Sheraton would be around $99/night with nicer hotels (Ambassador) being $149. Rates have risen about $50/night when I have looked recently.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby earthling » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:12 am

Nice to see more action E of Grand. So is this the building that had Torrentino's pizza? Wish that would return as it was pretty good, especially the calzones and mirepoix-based sugo sauce.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby missingkc » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:28 am

Hotel rooms in the works:

1524 Main Courtyard 153 rooms
1524 Main Residence 104
Federal Reserve 301
HI Express, Interstate Bldg, 417 E 13th 76
Hampton Inn, Gumbel Bldg, 801 Walnut 70
Savoy 120
Hilton Home2 115

Total 939

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby FangKC » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:57 pm

One reason might be that Sprint Center has added--on average--one hundred events a year to the downtown loop. I know a lot of that is local people, who go home afterwards. But I do know people who live in region who attend concerts at Sprint Center, and stay in a downtown hotel afterwards because they don't want to drive home after the concert. As concerts go, Sprint Center serves a bigger area than just the Metro. People drive in from 100 miles for certain concerts, and AEG is bringing in concerts that bypassed KC before. Those extra concerts, that we didn't get before, bring in people associated with producing the concert from the artists to the roadies, who put up and tear down stages, and all the associated staff who travel on tour.

There are also additional attractions downtown that weren't here just a few years ago: The Kauffman Center, The Copaken Stage, SeaLife Aquarium, Legoland, the WWI Museum, and certain tours of exhibits at Union Station. The Midland Theater is better programmed than before, and there are more events there. This attracts more people from the region than before, who drive in, and some of them are probably spending a weekend, or the night, in a hotel, than before.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby Demosthenes » Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:08 am

Don't forget all the publicity KC is getting these days. Face it guys, Kansas City is an IT town right now. Featured articles in the NY Post, Forbes, Huffington Post, and even articles across the seas are showing KC as a super hip city right now. This is certainly boosting our tourism.

Not to mention Sporting KC winning the title a year ago and the Royals going to the World Series this year. And we hosted the All-Star game a year ago...

And we now host a huge folk festival, home of the Folk Alliance... Which is coming this next month.

We are getting a lot of attention these days, and it is coming from all angles. Sports, music, technology, arts, etc.

More hotels is a smart move. You may say that this is only a fad of sorts, which it may be to a degree, but KC is a different place than it once was. And it only going to become more vibrant. Everything is in place.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby chaglang » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:22 am

missingkc wrote:Hotel rooms in the works:

1524 Main Courtyard 153 rooms
1524 Main Residence 104
Federal Reserve 301
HI Express, Interstate Bldg, 417 E 13th 76
Hampton Inn, Gumbel Bldg, 801 Walnut 70
Savoy 120
Hilton Home2 115

Total 939

Now we just need a network of skyways to connect them all. :D

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby JLowe2018 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:39 pm

Found these images of the project on BRR's website: http://www.brrarch.com/portfolio/holiday-inn-express/

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Looks like it should be a pretty good restoration. The architect's website says that the back of the building will get a new stair/elevator tower designed to compliment the Sprint Center using precast concrete.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby pash » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:03 pm

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby flyingember » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:26 pm

pash wrote:So, main entrance from the rear parking lot? ...


That's a guest entrance. The main entrance is likely on the street where they can do valet parking

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby Highlander » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:23 pm

I guess it's an improvement. Looks kind of vintage eastern bloc.

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Re: Holiday Inn Express (Interstate Building)

Postby FangKC » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:19 pm

Work will begin in April and should be finished by the end of the 2015.

http://tinyurl.com/mz9va7l


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