Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Discuss items in the urban core outside of Downtown as described above. Everything in the core including the east side (18th & Vine area), Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Valentine, Waldo, 39th street, & the entire midtown area.
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Post by KC_JAYHAWK » Wed Apr 30, 2003 8:40 am

I'm impressed that he went into so much detail explaining their position. I think the BB&B will be fine for the Plaza. I'm not a huge fan, but the location is also not conducive to other big name retailers.

I think Highwoods has done a decent job at maintaining the ambiance of the Plaza. I definitely think the Plaza is esthetically more pleasing than it was just 3 or 4 years ago. The Valencia Place building and Cinemark buildings are magnificent and their has been alot of renovation going on in the last couple of years.
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Post by KCPowercat » Wed Apr 30, 2003 9:24 am

I've referenced this specific thread in my response to him so he might very well be checking out this thread, so if you have anything you'd like to say, state it here.
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Post by QueSi2Opie » Wed Apr 30, 2003 12:19 pm

KC wrote:I've referenced this specific thread in my response to him so he might very well be checking out this thread, so if you have anything you'd like to say, state it here.


Attract a Neiman Marcus! Develop the Brush Creek Riverwalk by adding cafes and upscale nightclubs! Get a Spanish restaurant, similar to a La Bodega, on the Plaza!
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Post by mean » Wed Apr 30, 2003 5:10 pm

Or any more locally-owned restaurants. I feel like the plaza is on a downward restaurant spiral. What's next, TGI Friday's?
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Post by dangerboy » Wed Apr 30, 2003 6:11 pm

QueSi2Opie wrote:Develop the Brush Creek Riverwalk by adding cafes and upscale nightclubs!


It's a good idea, but where would you put them? There is no room between the creek and the street. Plus the first goal of the Brush Creek project was flood control - they have to leave room for high water. It just wasn't designed to accomodate the developments you mention.

Besides, that land is in the park system, it would require a public vote to transfer it to private ownership - unless we want the parks department as landlords.

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Post by KCPowercat » Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:53 pm

danger...there are already plans for one wine garden to go on the brush creek area.....should have started construction by now actually.
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Post by KCgridlock » Wed Apr 30, 2003 7:58 pm

KC wrote:danger...there are already plans for one wine garden to go on the brush creek area.....should have started construction by now actually.


They ever going to start that?

So is this BB&B a done deal??

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Post by QueSi2Opie » Wed Apr 30, 2003 9:48 pm

dangerboy wrote:It's a good idea, but where would you put them? There is no room between the creek and the street


You'd have to pick a section of Brush Creek (north or south?) and dig into that green slope at Riverwalk level until you reach the street. The Spanish tile rooftops would actually be near street level. I wouldn't do the entire Riverwalk, jus' about a one or two block section with a wine garden, a couple of cafes, a restaurant/nightclub. Also add several sculptures and fountains along the green slope. The problem with the Fiesta Cruise is that you see nothin' but Plaza rooftops from that level.
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Post by dangerboy » Thu May 01, 2003 6:36 am

KC wrote:danger...there are already plans for one wine garden to go on the brush creek area.....should have started construction by now actually.


Wasn't that the site awarded to the cruise boat operators as part of the deal to entice them into offering the cruises? If so that was a couple of years ago and nothing has happened. I don't see many other sites where anything could be built right on the creek or riverwalk area.

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Post by KCPowercat » Thu May 01, 2003 9:52 am

danger...they just got approval from the city last fall (parks & rec dept I believe)....it has been a long time in the works though, you are right.
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Post by trailerkid » Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:13 am

Did BB & B end up going to the Plaza? If so it could be a milestone...and not a good one.

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Post by KCPowercat » Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:15 am

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Post by trailerkid » Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:18 am

nothing happening???....That would never happen with Highwoods. :wink:

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Post by trailerkid » Wed Sep 03, 2003 3:11 pm

I noticed a vacant space right next to A+F, pretty high profile spot, but small. I'd like to see Louis Vitton come in, but I bet we'll know for sure in 2 years when Highwoods finds a tenant.

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Post by chrizow » Thu Sep 04, 2003 2:40 pm

i'd really like to see a Diesel store on the plaza. i am actually really surprised there isnt one, based on how many people i see wearing diesel. plus, denver and dallas have small Diesel stores. KC could definitely support one.

in fact, i'd like to see more trendy clothing stores on the plaza in general. betsey johnson is appreciated, an LV would be appreciated....more more more. i am tired of going online or to chicago for my clothing needs. :)

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Post by KC_JAYHAWK » Thu Sep 04, 2003 3:08 pm

fyi, Halls on the Plaza and CC carries a ton of Diesel. Nordstrom also has a decent selection. But I agree, I would like to see a Diesel exclusive store on the Plaza, even perhaps a DKNY store.
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Post by KCPowercat » Thu Sep 04, 2003 3:23 pm

yeah Deisel would be a nice exclusive retailer
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Post by chrizow » Thu Sep 04, 2003 4:50 pm

KC_Jayhawk - i know about nordstrom and hall's, but what is "CC?"

i'd love to see a DKNY store here. it seems like maybe our hometown girl Kate Spade could persuade her fashion friends to open stores in KC. :D

also, what's the deal with stores like Lord & Taylor and Neiman-Marcus? they seem extremely reticent to expand into new markets. a L & T just opened in st. louis at the new (and very nice) West County Mall. i wonder why stores like that arent banging down Highwoods' door to put stores on the Plaza, since it is such a high profile locale. it's also a draw not just for KC, but regionally. i think we all have seen plenty of IA, NE, OK, AR, etc. license plates at the Plaza.

hell, i wonder if Highwoods even knows about DKNY or Diesel. they seem more inclined to compete with Independence for the lame big box stores rather than going for the nationally/globally desired upscale-type stuff. maybe they are just too busy trying to find historical buildings to demolish so they can put a freakin' TJ Maxx on the site or something...

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Post by tat2kc » Thu Sep 04, 2003 4:58 pm

another great store would be FCUK (french Connection UK). Not sure if there is a space large enough for a Nieman Marcus or Lord & Taylor.

You're right about Highwoods tho, they've probablly never heard of some of the better, more exclusive stores. I swear, if they open a Spencer's on the plaza, I'm am headed to their headquarters and cause a HUGE scene!!! :lol:
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Post by KCgridlock » Thu Sep 04, 2003 10:06 pm

chrizow wrote:KC_Jayhawk - i know about nordstrom and hall's, but what is "CC?"


CC= Crown Center

KC is ripe for another urban destination retail district. The Plaza is a nice mix (getting a little too bland though) and Crown Center is doing ok. Having 1500 hotel rooms attatched to it and millions of sq of office space helps.

The plaza going mainstream could be a blessing in discise (how the fvck do you spell that). KC is really behind on the destination chain resturaunts and retails stores. I know many of you are against them and I'm not a huge fan either, but most of KC's tourists are from the Midwest and would flock to Hard Rock, NikeTown and ESPN Zone. We need something and as long as the Plaza does what it's doing, there is more of a chance to land some high profile tennants Downtown.

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