OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)

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Re: OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)

Post by langosta » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44 am

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Feature Stairs.
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Furniture Layout - Sexond Floor - Tenant Lounge in the top left.
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Work will take place on floors 1-4, Mezzanine, 29-30. It appears that portions of floors 29-30 are being prepared for a new Tenant.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by normalthings » Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:44 pm

langosta wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:44 am
Exterior Rendering
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Feature Stairs.
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Furniture Layout - Sexond Floor - Tenant Lounge in the top left.
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Work will take place on floors 1-4, Mezzanine, 29-30. It appears that portions of floors 29-30 are being prepared for a new Tenant.
So they will be removing some of the exterior concrete to reveal the steel beams?

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by dnweava » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:24 am

The Chinese place has 3 years left on their lease and they have said they refuse to move even though the new owners are trying to force them out by taking all the seating away and generally trying to bully them out of business. Good! I eat there at least once per week and will continue to do to help keep them in business

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by smh » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:44 am

dnweava wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:24 am
The Chinese place has 3 years left on their lease and they have said they refuse to move even though the new owners are trying to force them out by taking all the seating away and generally trying to bully them out of business. Good! I eat there at least once per week and will continue to do to help keep them in business
They should just offer them a better space elsewhere and help them move. A small price to clear the holdouts.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by nickyrosstheboss » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:21 am

They should just offer them a better space elsewhere and help them move. A small price to clear the holdouts.
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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by herrfrank » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:43 am

nickyrosstheboss wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:21 am
They should just offer them a better space elsewhere and help them move. A small price to clear the holdouts.
When I spoke with the franchisee a few weeks ago, he said the lease vacate offer made by the new building owners was pathetic -- something like $10,000. This was before Subway moved.

The building has now also removed the standing table by the Baltimore Avenue staircase and put up large black plastic sheeting all over the place. It's getting untenable for the three remaining food court tenants. At some point, the lack of visibility in that space might become a fire hazard. The public needs to be able to navigate to both exits, which I think the KCFD would interpret to include sight-lines.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by herrfrank » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 pm

Musical update: the new owners, in keeping with the construction date of City Center Square, have selected an all-1970s soft rock musical score for the public spaces. Just heard "A Little More Love" by Olivia Newton-John and "Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur while waiting in line at the Chinese counter.

Nice contrast to the all-1980s pop/ new wave selections at Cosentino's, with Howard Jones and Human League on heavy rotation.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:13 pm

herrfrank wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:06 pm
"A Little More Love" by Olivia Newton-John
PERSONAL FAVE

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by normalthings » Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:45 pm

Floors 3 and 4 are being taken by WeWork.

ARUP and Vocon are the designers

4th floor Mezzanine
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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by langosta » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:51 pm

Always thought the terrace would make for a cool bar/restaurant space. Glad to see it get activated for this project though.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by wahoowa » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:16 am

wow, we're a two-wework downtown? we made it!

wonder what the monthly fee to office in that eames lounge is.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by smh » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:45 am

Someone should probably keep an eye on that pile of wood that's burning.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by herrfrank » Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:17 pm

smh wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:45 am
Someone should probably keep an eye on that pile of wood that's burning.
Lolz -- good point considering recent history.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by herrfrank » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:10 pm

We may have jinxed it....

Both the Chinese place "Koko Teriyaki" and the Burger place have been closed by the KCMO Fire Marshall. Sometime before the Independence Day holiday. Still closed today July 8, and the closures look rather permanent.

Apparently, it was natural gas or exhaust related (sign says gas leak but insider says grease in the flues) -- either way this means only one tenant remains in the former City Center Square food court -- the Tex-Mex "Wrap It Up" tenant. And I believe he has a new location scouted. The three other first floor tenants (Starbucks, Dominoes, and Jason's Deli) all have separate outside entrances so they can remain during lobby closure.

Ready for the Lightwell Lobby Target Build-Out :-)

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by earthling » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:15 pm

Isn't a food hall going here?

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by normalthings » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:21 pm

earthling wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:15 pm
Isn't a food hall going here?
Yes, I believe so.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:44 pm

Target + USDA + renovations seems like a winner to me!

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by FangKC » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:04 pm

WeWork Dramatically Expands Downtown Footprint
WeWork announced this morning its leasing more than 100,000 square feet in the lightwell building, formerly City Center Square, adding to its already sizable downtown presence in the Corrigan Station building.
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WeWork’s first member at the new location is Volly, a Woburn, Massachusetts-based company that works with banks and mortgage lenders to simplify their marketing communication strategies through a SaaS platform that includes CRM, marketing automation and point of sale.
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https://cityscenekc.com/wework-dramatic ... footprint/

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by earthling » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:44 pm

The downside to this is that the co-working space format is an easier way to kickstart new spec construction when not able to find a full time/sized tenant (thinking 3rd/Delaware a good candidate to target co-work). When existing space is converted to workspace, it takes away chances for new construction (competition for 3rd/DE candidates). But at least it helps improve downtown vacancy overall.

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Re: City Center Square for sale

Post by normalthings » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:21 am

earthling wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:44 pm
The downside to this is that the co-working space format is an easier way to kickstart new spec construction when not able to find a full time/sized tenant (thinking 3rd/Delaware a good candidate to target co-work). When existing space is converted to workspace, it takes away chances for new construction (competition for 3rd/DE candidates). But at least it helps improve downtown vacancy overall.
This 1 announcement takes half a Strata worth of space off the market.

It seems like there really aren’t more than 1 or 2 large contiguous spaces left in downtown. We are at the point where an announcement this size could pretty much only have happened at Lightwell.

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