Beacon Hill

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:42 pm

The thing I like about the new houses on Beacon Hill is that each house is different. It isn't a cookie-cutter solution to infill.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby AlbertHammond » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:21 pm

FangKC wrote:The thing I like about the new houses on Beacon Hill is that each house is different. It isn't a cookie-cutter solution to infill.

For me, it is the absence of street facing garages. Makes all the difference in creating a lovely place because the public realm is treated with respect.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:13 pm

I second that AlbertHammond.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:04 am

http://www.flatlandkc.org/news-issues/h ... od-desert/

Truman Medical Centers disappointed people in and around the Beacon Hill and Longfellow neighborhoods when, in mid-2015, it nixed plans to build a supermarket on the northeast corner of 27th Street and Troost Avenue. The project had been in the works for about four years.

But now there’s a chance that a market might go in after all, part of a redevelopment plan for that intersection. The plan is expected to go to the city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) for approval later this month.

The city, along with other partners, is reviewing five general proposals for a mix of residential and commercial uses on the three corners that remain undeveloped. The northwest corner already has housing.

One of the proposals specifically mentions a market, and the five members of the Three Corners RFP Review Committee are hopeful they can nudge some of the other developers in that direction.


The committee will interview the five applicants on Friday and hopes to make a recommendation to the redevelopment authority next week. Construction around the intersection could start in about a year.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:22 am

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FangKC wrote:The apartments along E. 27th are taking shape.

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All construction activity appears to have stopped on the colonade apartments. I haven't seen any work being done on them in several weeks, and they aren't finished.


I did a little research and found out the one of the finance partners (Bank of America) has a pending lawsuit against the developer (Colonades of Beacon Hill). I assume that construction has stopped until that court case is settled.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:01 pm

http://www.flatlandkc.org/news-issues/h ... th-troost/

City Development Specialist Shawn Hughes said Thursday that UC-B Properties has submitted a concept for a mixed-use development on the northeast corner of 27th Street and Troost Avenue that might include a ground-floor grocery store.

The city, along with neighborhood representatives, selected the UC-B-Milhaus partnership as part of the “Three Corners at 27th and Troost” project. A request for proposals was issued in November.

A team headed by another local company, Botwin Commercial Development, has been selected to develop the two other open corners on the south side of the intersection. That development is also expected to be a mix of residential and commercial/retail.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby Eon Blue » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:05 pm

...but the southwest corner *isn't* open. There's a lovely historic building there that needs some TLC.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:45 pm

Yeah, I noticed that too. Hopefully by open, they mean abandoned, and not just assuming the building will be demolished.

They mostly do historic buildings. http://www.botwinrealestate.com/dev.html

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby chaglang » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:14 pm

They mean abandoned. Some pot of the money at the city purchased that building a month or two ago.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Tue May 10, 2016 12:59 pm

I noticed four new foundations have been poured on the east side of the 2500 block of Tracy.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Tue May 10, 2016 12:59 pm

FangKC wrote:Two new foundations being dug along West Paseo Boulevard where it rounds the corner from E. 24th Street. Photos taken Dec. 14th. West Paseo Boulevard is up the hill to the west of Paseo Boulevard. It runs only from E. 24th to E. 27th streets.

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Here are the location of the parcels.

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These houses are now framed and enclosed.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Tue May 10, 2016 1:01 pm

FangKC wrote:
FangKC wrote:Another new foundation being poured on the east side of Forest Court.

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Construction update:

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These two houses are almost finished on the exterior.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Tue May 10, 2016 1:02 pm

FangKC wrote:
FangKC wrote:
FangKC wrote:Another new foundation being poured on the west side of Forest Court.

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Construction update.

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The exterior of this house is finished.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby TheBigChuckbowski » Tue May 10, 2016 1:06 pm

Took another walk through this neighborhood over the weekend. It is so bizarre. I don't understand who would want to live there and why the real estate is so valuable. It seems like it's for people that want to live in an exurban neighborhood but in the city, not in the city enough to walk to anything but in the city enough that everything is within a 5-10 minute drive, they must like weird quasi-modern architecture or at least not care enough to hate it and they definitely must not dislike highway noise. Who are these people?

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby flyingember » Tue May 10, 2016 1:19 pm

TheBigChuckbowski wrote:Who are these people?

Doctors

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Tue May 10, 2016 1:28 pm

I have a feeling that this neighborhood will appeal to well-paid professional people working at Truman Medical Center, UMKC schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and Children's Mercy Hospital. For those, it is within walking distance.

Doctors especially have among the highest divorce rates, so I imagine a lot of divorced physicians and surgeons buying some of those houses, and also the physician married to a nurse manager or hospital department administrator subset.

To some extent, it might also appeal to people working at Hallmark.

I think the development scheme for Beacon Hill is mostly squandered. This is a neighborhood that should have been redeveloped with denser row- and townhouses. Not those cheap ones they built initially, but more premium ones. The parcels along Troost, and 27th Street, should have been 5-6 story apartment buildings.

One can only hope that the developers will get religion and build townhouses along Forest Avenue on the remaining vacant parcels. Smart City leaders and planners should have zoned all new development there on vacant lots to be denser apartment buildings and townhouses. This was the neighborhood to do it in, and most of it was already cleared. Allow existing houses to stay as grandfathered parcels. There could have been some detached single-family houses built on parcels in between existing houses to the east.

One would have been creating a more urban product that really doesn't exist to any great extent in KCMO now.

Hospital staff are perfect customers for this type of owner-occupied housing, because (I am a former hospital professional) they work a lot of hours, and don't have a lot of free time for yard work, or even the time to enjoy have a yard.

In my opinion, this is among the biggest mistakes the City has made. There aren't many neighborhoods in older parts of KCMO where you could accomplish this type of development from scratch at a scale that creates a really nice urban neighborhood.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby WSPanic » Tue May 10, 2016 2:20 pm

TheBigChuckbowski wrote:Took another walk through this neighborhood over the weekend. It is so bizarre. I don't understand who would want to live there and why the real estate is so valuable. It seems like it's for people that want to live in an exurban neighborhood but in the city, not in the city enough to walk to anything but in the city enough that everything is within a 5-10 minute drive, they must like weird quasi-modern architecture or at least not care enough to hate it and they definitely must not dislike highway noise. Who are these people?


I love the neighborhood. I have friends that live over there and love it as well. They are not doctors or otherwise rich beyond normal DINK/yuppiness. And they do walk downtown plenty. It's a 20 min walk to the xroads.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby FangKC » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:41 pm

Hotel Plan Advances For Kansas City's Beacon Hill Neighborhood

On Wednesday, the City Council Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee endorsed plans for a $13 million, 90-room hotel project at 24th and Troost in the Beacon Hill redevelopment area. It would operate as a Best Western Plus.

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The committee endorsed the plan and sent it to the full City Council for a final vote. The hotel could be open by the fall of 2017.

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http://kcur.org/post/hotel-plan-advances-kansas-citys-beacon-hill-neighborhood#stream/0

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby earthling » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:48 pm

Nice. I like the mashup of various patterns/materials.

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Re: Beacon Hill

Postby pash » Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:14 pm

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