Big things are expected to spring from a 2-acre site at the northwest corner of 12th and Charlotte streets on the east side of the downtown freeway loop. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority acquired the site, currently a surface parking lot, last month from Barber & Sons Co. and plans to spend about $1 million to develop a replacement there for the congested transit plaza at 10th and Main streets, which is a transfer point for more than 30 KCATA bus routes.
- 3rd/Grand $112M office tower, 900 space garage, transit center
- P&R garage and mobility center are planned on an adjacent 4-acre site that Veolia North America formerly used as a coal yard.
- KCATA is preparing to seek mixed-use, transit-oriented development proposals for its headquarters at 1200 E. 18th St. and vacant ground it owns across Forest Avenue to the west.
- Transform the area around the 75th Street and Prospect Avenue MAX stop, which is home to Alphapointe, a nonprofit that provides job training and employment for the blind and visually impaired, transform the area into an innovation hub for the disabled. Refers to a coffee shop or QuickTrip that caters to disabled at transit center.
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If the City pushes developers toward TOD development for every single new project near transit stops (creating a pedestrian integrated experience with sidewalk retail rather than isolated walled gardens), TOD will occur faster than City sponsored projects. For Midtown too.