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BMA Building

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:33 pm
by grovester
Some pix from the tour a couple of weeks ago. Much like the mid-50's photo of downtown KC, I could have stood and looked out the windows for hours, spying different details. Not sure I could live there, a ghost building. I heard talk of a mixed use development on the site of the adjacent parking garage. It would help, but barely.

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Re: BMA Building

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:52 am
by Roanoker
Nice pics. My first husband used to work there when it housed the inner workings of Business Mens Assurance. Does that company still exist? If so, does "BMA" still stand for that name? Employees would open or close window coverings (drapes or blinds) to generate a symbol on the side of the building in honor of whatever was in people's minds at the time, such as a cross for Christmas.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:50 am
by grovester
The tour guide mentioned that BMA no longer existed, it had been absorbed by a much larger firm.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:13 pm
by Eon Blue
grovester wrote:Some pix from the tour a couple of weeks ago. Much like the mid-50's photo of downtown KC, I could have stood and looked out the windows for hours, spying different details. Not sure I could live there, a ghost building. I heard talk of a mixed use development on the site of the adjacent parking garage. It would help, but barely.

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There's a good elevation view of the railroad junction that I-35 would have to clear in everyone's favorite relocation scenario. Not impossible, but a not insignificant hurdle.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:56 pm
by KCtoBrooklyn
grovester wrote: I heard talk of a mixed use development on the site of the adjacent parking garage. It would help, but barely.


I get what you're saying. The building has phenomenal views, but it is in an isolated dead zone with no walkable amenities.

The garage to the east being marketed as a development site, but it is still up for sale. Here is the brochure: https://files.ctctcdn.com/281e6a77201/8547dbc6-3f6a-4634-b732-67a7a8e5202a.pdf

Marketed as 125,000 sq ft retail/office OR 200+ apartments and main level retail.

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Re: BMA Building

Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:03 am
by bobbyhawks
That area will never completely take off until they put SW Trafficway on a road diet. That entire segment from the BMA building to Westport where you can't turn left are big problems for residents. Not to mention the cars zipping home to NE JOCO at 40 to 45 MPH in a 35. As a Westside resident, it is super convenient for me, but I could live with an added few minutes to my trips to the South.

I still think that traffic can be completely reconfigured along Brush Creek to make Main a more attractive commuting path and to eliminate the mess that is Cleaver II next to the tennis courts on the plaza. I'm not sure that SW Trafficway has to be the commuter path that it is, but the Northbound blastoff zone that is SW Trafficway at 31st street is definitely not helping the neighborhood.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:40 am
by KCtoBrooklyn
It looks like the garage/development site was put up for auction in mid December with a starting bid of $750,000. I don't know if it sold:

http://images1.loopnet.com/d2/l8I8cMllQ ... cument.pdf

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:23 pm
by beautyfromashes
I believe the current residents are bidding on it so there won’t be a development that blocks their views and they have more permanent parking.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:01 pm
by KCtoBrooklyn
That is ridiculous. One Park Place has a permanent easement on parking in the garage. It would only affect the east units view of the east (which is not the great view). The conceptual renderings show a fairly low rise building that wouldn't impact many views.

Although, I'm not too surprised. I think the type of residents that building attracts are not the most urban minded.

Re: BMA Building

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:29 pm
by wahoowa
beautyfromashes wrote:I believe the current residents are bidding on it so there won’t be a development that blocks their views and they have more permanent parking.
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