https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... -east.html
Here is a link to the CPC docket, with staff reports. This project starts on page 52:The Kansas City Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended rezoning for what would be the largest redevelopment proposal in the East Crossroads.
Indianapolis-based Milhaus LLC plans a $65 million mixed-use project that would include five buildings on about 4.3 acres, with four of the buildings new construction. The site is bound by 19th Street to the north, 20th Street to the south, Oak Street to the west and Cherry Street to the east. Locust Street runs through the property.
Four buildings, each four or five stories tall, will house 338 market-rate apartments — 31 "micro apartments," 88 studios, 141 one-bedrooms and 79 two-bedrooms. The site will include a four-story, 336-space parking garage, giving the project 396 total parking spaces, with street parking.
The fifth building will become a restaurant with outdoor seating to the north. It's a partial renovation, partial deconstruction of the one-story Motor Freight Building, which was built in 1948. Including the restaurant, the project will have just less than 15,000 square feet of retail.
The first of three phases of the project will take about 18 months, McGurk said, with the entire project completed in about two and a half years.
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It looks like the info the BizJournal article concerning the phases of this development may be off. There will be 3 phases total. Everything pictured here is Phase 1. Phase 2 is shown on the site plan on the NE corner of the site. It had previously been described as a two story commercial building. Phase 3 is not labeled, but would be on the SE corner of the site and I don't think any details for that phase have been released.
There are some concerns/conditions that the CPC staff has brought up for this project. The most significant details concern the parking garage.
Parking Garage Location
Staff has serious concerns with the parking garage along E. 20th Street and has suggested
that it be shifted north and lengthened. This would allow Building 2000 to shift south and
to provide units above the garage and along E. 20th. As a result, the garage would be
fully screened and many west-facing units would be provided with a better view of the
city. This would also remove the garage from E. 20th Street and allow for more active
E. 20th Street Activation
City staff has a considerable issue involving the proposed uses and elevations along E.
20th Street and the city’s desire to create active uses within the corridor. Staff contends
that more active uses and providing individual porch entries along E. 20th Street would
create a more active corridor. As the plan currently proposes, the street frontage consists
of the parking garage, the south elevation of Building 3000 with no access, the south
elevation of Building 4000 with no access, and a surface parking lot to the east.
Staff has discussed with the applicant that the 20th Street corridor is an opportunity to
enhance and connect the greater Crossroads area with East Crossroads. The Greater
Downtown Area Plan recommends that in mixed-use areas such as the neighborhood in
which this project is proposed, development should maintain and reinforce street-level
pedestrian activity. This can be accomplished by providing individual stoop porch
entries and additional screening along the parking garage, as well as providing
additional landscaping and streetscaping options. Not offering more enhanced
I will be curious to see how much of this is addressed. That stretch of 20th St is currently a waste land, so I can see why Milhaus would have this project turn its back to that street. But if any development is ever to happen there, Milhaus needs to take the first step. Children's Mercy owns the parking lot to the south. Does anyone know if they have plans for it?Screening of Parking Garage
The proposed location of the parking garage will have a large amount of visibility along
E. 20th Street and along the Oak Street viaduct. As it currently exists, the screening of the
garage is not sufficient. E. 20th Street is a focus corridor and the garage will be a large
influencing factor with future development in this area. If the garage