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Re: Troost developments

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:42 pm
by KCtoBrooklyn
TheBigChuckbowski wrote:Has there been a more complete transformation of a corridor in KC in such a short period of time (assuming all of these projects get built)?


The Sprint Center/P&L District/H&R Block/AMC Main St was probably a bigger transformation (although may not qualify as a "corridor").

But along with that group of developments, and the streetcar phases I and II, I think these developments (and in particular Mac's Armour and Troost proposal) have the opportunity to be some of the most significant and transformative developments in the city in recent history. This may not be as flashy as a Downtown skyscraper, but I think it will be more important for the city.

There still could be some roadblocks. Maybe everything won't get built as planned. It might be difficult to rent out the apartments and retail spaces. It is inevitable that there will be some crime around these developments - but how significant/newsworthy will it be and will there be any appearances that criminals are targeting these new developments? How much public backlash against gentrification will we see? Will derelict property owners on Troost and the areas just to the east sell their properties, or will they continue to hold on and wait for values to get even higher?

While questions and obstacles remain, I'm optimistic that we will see a drastic transformation over the next few years. It will still be tough to erase the Troost stigma from many peoples' minds, but anything that can be done to blur the dividing line will have huge ramifications for the city, East and West.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:55 am
by chaglang
Looks like the demolition fencing is up around the old Jim's Furniture building on the SW corner of Linwood.

Sad to see it go, wish someone had bought it years ago and renovated it. I was in there about a year ago and it's beyond repair. I'll try to find the photos I took.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:58 am
by Midtownkid
Is that the old Kats? (with streamline-deco corner entrance)

What a shame! Always thought it was an interesting corner.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:13 am
by KCtoBrooklyn
Any update on the plans for Linwood and Troost? John Hoffman came out and announced plans a while back (although I don't think there were any renderings), but I heard that he was very premature in doing so and he hadn't even been selected yet by PIEA (which owns the properties).

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:45 am
by chaglang
Yeah, the old Katz. When I walked through, parts of the roof were on the floor and parts of the floor were in the basement. And the basement was full of water. It's a little surprising that it hasn't collapsed yet. Most of the roof framing was rusted out and you could see from the outside that one of the air handlers was sinking though the roof.

Hoffman has the RFP on those corners. I think they're sorting out issues with their financing of the project.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:11 pm
by FangKC
The Alana Hotel building, on the SW corner of 27th and Troost, is almost completely gone now--except for that small annex part.

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Re: Troost developments

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:53 am
by chaglang
The old Katz Store at Linwood is being demolished this week.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:48 am
by KCtoBrooklyn
chaglang wrote:The old Katz Store at Linwood is being demolished this week.


I went by there last Friday and it was already mostly down.

I also noticed that many of the storefronts on the 3100 block of Troost (most of the west side of the block) had been boarded up. I have no idea if there is any significance to that.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:02 pm
by chaglang
There is. From what I understand, the previous owners have been foreclosed upon, and the new owners wanted to board up the buildings to prevent vandalism. I'm not sure how concerned they should be, as the buildings have stood essentially vacant for years.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:37 pm
by flyingember
Boarded up at least shows a level of care of the interior. That's something.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:07 am
by FangKC
The best news is that those buildings will probably have new owners soon. The financial institution that foreclosed on them will probably put them up for sale.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:55 pm
by KCtoBrooklyn
Ruby Jean's Juicery on Troost opened this Saturday. I went and checked it out today. This is going to be a great addition to Troost.

Urban Cafe was a great addition earlier this year and Ruby Jean's may be an ever bigger deal, especially in it's ability to bring people to Troost who might otherwise avoid it. The space is really nice, but my one complaint is with the high, wooden ceilings and concrete floors, whenever they ran the smoothie machine, it was incredibly loud. Otherwise, it would be a great space to hang out.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:46 pm
by JBmidtown
KCtoBrooklyn wrote:Ruby Jean's Juicery on Troost opened this Saturday. I went and checked it out today. This is going to be a great addition to Troost.

Urban Cafe was a great addition earlier this year and Ruby Jean's may be an ever bigger deal, especially in it's ability to bring people to Troost who might otherwise avoid it. The space is really nice, but my one complaint is with the high, wooden ceilings and concrete floors, whenever they ran the smoothie machine, it was incredibly loud. Otherwise, it would be a great space to hang out.


They’re also businesses owned by black Kansas Citians which is awesome and should shut up some of the knee-jerk reactions against “gentrification”.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:00 pm
by chaglang
Here's hoping.

Re: Troost developments

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:55 am
by chaglang
KCtoBrooklyn wrote:Any update on the plans for Linwood and Troost? John Hoffman came out and announced plans a while back (although I don't think there were any renderings), but I heard that he was very premature in doing so and he hadn't even been selected yet by PIEA (which owns the properties).


This looks like it has legs again. Latest proposal is for 60-80 units in the SW corner with a retail component. DRAW are the architects, which is good news.

The renovation of the Xavier School at 53rd and Troost goes to CPC next week. It’s a historic tax credit renovation that converts the school into a dorm, and it looks like 95% of the issues with the neighborhood about parking, traffic, etc, have been sorted out. IIRC it has 100 beds and 80 parking spaces.