Downtown Buildings with Activity

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby smh » Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 pm

I noticed a certain local developer with significant River Market holdings posted an instagram photo of 906 today. Totally agree it would make for a very attractive office/residential/hotel. Glad to see Grand may finally be picking up a little.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby FangKC » Thu May 17, 2018 5:32 pm

I'm glad to see those UMB buildings being considered for more active uses.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 6:08 pm

I'm hoping this prompts some action with the block just north. That parking garage is awful and the scarritt building's cornice is being held up with stilts. I think the arcade is pretty much empty too

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby FangKC » Thu May 17, 2018 7:28 pm

Wasn't the Scarritt Building supposed to get renovated for apartments?

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby missingkc » Thu May 17, 2018 7:49 pm

Wasn't the Scarritt Building one of the very first renovations in Downtown?

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 8:03 pm

Scarritt is not apartments. I think there are only a few tenants in there. Also, some of the ironwork along the base has deteriorated

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby FangKC » Thu May 17, 2018 8:12 pm

Wayne Reeder owns it, and it is office. Someone did buy it a few years back for an apartment conversion that never happened.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 8:20 pm

I remember there was a biz journal article where the current owner described the purchase as "like robbing a bank!" but suggested the place was in immaculate shape, which gives the impression that there are problems they aren't even aware of.

I worry about that place

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby earthling » Thu May 17, 2018 8:26 pm

TheLastGentleman wrote:Scarritt is not apartments. I think there are only a few tenants in there. Also, some of the ironwork along the base has deteriorated


This is a great building, especially inside. Sad to see it's not maintained given the momentum in general downtown.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 8:42 pm

earthling wrote:This is a great building, especially inside. Sad to see it's not maintained given the momentum in general downtown.

One of my personal favorites. Beautiful ornamentation. Hopefully someone with a vision will come in and do something great to it. I have a feeling that one of the problems it faces is being next door to that blasted garage

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby wahoowa » Thu May 17, 2018 8:51 pm

got its own pokemon go gym though, so there's that. would anyone like to ask me about pokemon go considerations development-wise? ama! i have most of the answers, probably.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby wahoowa » Thu May 17, 2018 8:51 pm

still need TLG to start a book club though that's 100% on him to start. @thelastgentleman

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby FangKC » Thu May 17, 2018 8:58 pm

If Reeder, or any future owner, is going to renovate the Scarritt, they better do it soon because I am worried that the legislature is going to gut historic tax credits and also housing credits. They seem determined to do it. The same goes for the UMB buildings to the south.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 9:15 pm

wahoowa wrote:still need TLG to start a book club though that's 100% on him to start. @thelastgentleman

I'll get on it!

With regards to pokemon go, I remember union station became a major hub for that game and they swiftly capitalized off it.

That is, of course, the soul reason they can afford all the exterior work being done to the building.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby grovester » Thu May 17, 2018 9:40 pm

We toured the Scarritt a few years ago, the arcade side was in great shape, the east side not so much.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby TheLastGentleman » Thu May 17, 2018 10:02 pm

grovester wrote:We toured the Scarritt a few years ago, the arcade side was in great shape, the east side not so much.

I think the arcade gets used regularly as an event space, so it makes sense it would be cleaned up. It's still woefully underutilized for being such a unique building.

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Re: Downtown Buildings with Activity

Postby grovester » Fri May 18, 2018 6:52 am

At the time it was still being used for offices.


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