Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by normalthings » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:40 pm

Would have liked to have seen a new guest tower similar in height to the neighboring buildings. Nevertheless, this is still another exciting project coming about along the soon to be expanded streetcar route.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by missingkc » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:41 am

My concern is how long Kimpton, as a premier operator, will find KC an attractive location. Ritz Carlton didn't last long. It seems something didn't pan out for them.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by kcjak » Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:21 am

It was a Ritz Carlton for ten years - that seems pretty long to me, especially given the market size and location during the 90s. Anywho, KC is a much different place than it was back then and the location is pretty sweet (near Plaza and museums, on streetcar line) compared to other high end boutique hotels.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by moderne » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:01 pm

This hotel is sort of an historic property. It was the very first hotel "on" the Plaza. It marks the begining of the transition from neighborhood/upscale shopping and apartment area into a second downtown. There were no hotels on the plaza then, most office was the upstairs of the shops. The John Hancock Bldng at 47th & Madison was about the largest office. To the north was the hilltop Wishbone restaurant and across the street was Cousins furniture with a large surface lot on Main. The store was one floor on Main and 3 or 4 levels below that to old streetcar track level. The locally famous Kona Kai was in the hotel, it out-Tiki'd the future Trader Vic's by an islands worth.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by WSPanic » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:08 pm

moderne wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:01 pm
This hotel is sort of an historic property. It was the very first hotel "on" the Plaza. It marks the begining of the transition from neighborhood/upscale shopping and apartment area into a second downtown. There were no hotels on the plaza then, most office was the upstairs of the shops. The John Hancock Bldng at 47th & Madison was about the largest office. To the north was the hilltop Wishbone restaurant and across the street was Cousins furniture with a large surface lot on Main. The store was one floor on Main and 3 or 4 levels below that to old streetcar track level. The locally famous Kona Kai was in the hotel, it out-Tiki'd the future Trader Vic's by an islands worth.
I would have guessed the Alameda was older, but I guess this beat it by 5 years (opened in '67).

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by FangKC » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:24 pm

Nordstrom Design Breaks Plaza Tradition, Wins Plan Commission Support
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The City Plan Commission unanimously backed the style of the 122,000 square-foot store which was described by the co-owner of the Plaza, the Taubman company, as a “once in a generation opportunity” to pump new retail life into the iconic shopping district.
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The Plan Commission recommendation will now go to the City Council for final consideration.
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In their report to the City Plan Commission, city planners said they were comfortable with how the new store’s design would fit with the historic Spanish-style that dominates the Plaza.

“The two-story modern structure draws from the color palette of the Plaza but is otherwise more modern, including a curving façade along Jefferson Street primarily consisting of glass, textured metal panels, and architectural panels made of composite material with horizontal color banding,” according to staff.

“Staff feels that a purposeful streetscape along 47th Street which includes in its design stylistic features such as streetlight fixtures, brick pavers, and other place-making elements throughout the district…
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https://cityscenekc.com/nordstrom-desig ... 4g8WmzkF5c

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by scooterj » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:19 pm

I hope KC gives Nordstrom the Seasons 52 treatment. This is a completely lazy design.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by earthling » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:23 am

^I might be the most critical of minimalism on this site (90% minimalism simply end ups looking cheap) but this could work, and certainly better than the current garage structure look given the sidewalk window display streetfront. However I do agree they still should propose another option more inline with 'Plaza' aesthetics.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by FangKC » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:27 pm

You can do a lot of nice decorative design simply using colored brick and colored panels, with some custom terra cotta tiles.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by chaglang » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:04 pm

^If the construction budget supports that and the client wants it.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by Highlander » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:10 pm

Just spent a large amount of time on the Plaza over Christmas. I have to say that I was a bit impressed. Way fewer empty storefronts than expected and much larger crowds in the week preceding Christmas than I remember from last year. That's not to say the mix of stores was optimal (I would have like to have seen Eddie Bauer and a few others that left remain), but it was much better than expected. It was at night when things really were busy - we struggled to find a place to park for our one dinner on the plaza over the holidays. I think the mix of restaurants with the new Nordstroms will breathe some new life into the district. I really liked KC Marketplace. I spent some time there trying out a variety of KC spirits and beers. Nice store.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by rxlexi » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:20 pm

I really liked KC Marketplace. I spent some time there trying out a variety of KC spirits and beers. Nice store.
Yes, I agree that Made in KC Marketplace is a hit; better than expected. Nice atmosphere, particularly around Christmas, and the bar area is a surprisingly decent hang-out spot with guests. Love the "only local" brew and spirit selection.

Was pleased to have a Crane Beet Weiss draft there before the holidays - not easy to find on tap around town. Spirits tasters are fun as well with the back to back to back sample of local distilleries. I think the location near the center of the Plaza helps too.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by smh » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:28 pm

rxlexi wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:20 pm
I really liked KC Marketplace. I spent some time there trying out a variety of KC spirits and beers. Nice store.
Yes, I agree that Made in KC Marketplace is a hit; better than expected. Nice atmosphere, particularly around Christmas, and the bar area is a surprisingly decent hang-out spot with guests. Love the "only local" brew and spirit selection.

Was pleased to have a Crane Beet Weiss draft there before the holidays - not easy to find on tap around town. Spirits tasters are fun as well with the back to back to back sample of local distilleries. I think the location near the center of the Plaza helps too.
I might also add that Made in KC features nice, free restrooms. A welcome feature.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by Highlander » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:08 pm

rxlexi wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:20 pm
I really liked KC Marketplace. I spent some time there trying out a variety of KC spirits and beers. Nice store.
Yes, I agree that Made in KC Marketplace is a hit; better than expected. Nice atmosphere, particularly around Christmas, and the bar area is a surprisingly decent hang-out spot with guests. Love the "only local" brew and spirit selection.

Was pleased to have a Crane Beet Weiss draft there before the holidays - not easy to find on tap around town. Spirits tasters are fun as well with the back to back to back sample of local distilleries. I think the location near the center of the Plaza helps too.
I tried the Crane Beet Weiss. I expected a beet flavor but not anything so overwhelming. Yikes.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by WSPanic » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:46 am

If they land an Orange Julius, I'm moving to The Plaza.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by cityscape » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:36 pm

I was seriously hoping mgsports was going to post that new move in.....it would have been so fitting

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by Midtownkid » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:28 pm

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This is more like the facade that the Plaza deserves for the new Nordstroms. Imagine seeing that at the end of Nichols Road. :shock:

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by MidtownCat » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:34 am

hartliss wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:21 am
Cinnabon on its way: https://www.kansascity.com/news/busines ... 25765.html
Lol. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Now we just need a Spencer’s Gifts and the Metcalf South transformation will be complete.

Looks like Byron’s is shutting down as well. Maybe we can get a laser tag or something in there.

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Re: Plaza move-ins (ongoing)

Post by KCPowercat » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:41 am

Maybe something useful for the neighborhood will move in..... Like a pharmacy

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