OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Issues concerning Downtown as described by the Downtown Council. River to 31st Street, I-35 to Bruce R. Watkins.
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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by mgh7676 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:56 pm

I recently visited some of downtown OKC's waterfront. While downtown is mostly separated from the waterfront, they have done a great job of providing recreational opportunities along the waterfront. Among other things, they have located a ferris wheel, built an artificial white water rapids course (that looked to be heavily used), and even had a ropes course with a zipline across the river. It would be incredible to see more recreational activities available at Berkely Riverfront Park. Once that happens, it will be much easier to promote an extended streetcar route.

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by TheLastGentleman » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:11 pm

Ooh a ferris wheel

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by loftguy » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:16 pm

I have long expected that someone would turn Woodswether Road into an entertainment district, with the kinds of amenities mgh7676 mentions.
The views of the river would make for excellent rooftop terraces and it's removed from residential, so make all the noise you want.

I realize the water treatment facility at State Line is an existing drawback, but it's about to receive a huge investment and lids should be part of that.
........though it may take public pressure to insure that KCMo Water puts lids into the budget.

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by taxi » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:50 pm

I think that's KCK water treatment, no?

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Post by kboish » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:11 pm

It’s KcMo

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by shinatoo » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:34 am

Went down there last nite. Very nice. The problem at the moment is it's not walkable to anything but a park. I know all that should change but I've been burnt enough by "future amenities" that I would have to let someone else be the pioneer. When I'm ready to go in five years I'm sure the story will be different.
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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by flyingember » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:40 am

shinatoo wrote:Went down there last nite. Very nice. The problem at the moment is it's not walkable to anything but a park. I know all that should change but I've been burnt enough by "future amenities" that I would have to let someone else be the pioneer. When I'm ready to go in five years I'm sure the story will be different.
You can walk down the trail to the overlook that's at the foot of Main and get into the river market from there. It's ADA compliant as well with an elevator. This isn't obvious if you didn't know about it already though.

I seem to recall the stairs have a bike tire channel so you can take a bike up the steps too

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by taxi » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:05 am

The stairs do not have a bike tire channel.

Yes the trail is there to the bridge, but it is a long way and against human nature not to take a direct path, which would be straight up the Grand viaduct. As I understand it, there are people working on adding a bike/ped cantilever to this route and whoever is responsible for not doing this in the first place should be incarcerated. I have no idea how long that will take, but I would wager someone will unfortunately die on that bridge before it happens. It is very dangerous as is and I see people walking and riding on that shoulder all of the time. Traffic will increase as the units fill up and in the evening, the sun can be blinding while driving towards downtown.

If new residents of the riverfront want to walk, there is a nice trail there. But it will be a challenge if people are truly concerned with being able to walk anywhere like stores, restaurants and bars. Truth is, most folks aren't and I bet they fill up fast.

There are other challenges to living in that location, like the smell of corn processing to the east and across the river, as well as rotting cow flesh from Darling International to the west; loud nightly emergency drills form Ingredion (Natl. Starch) and the proximity of the tracks/horns, where some engineers see fit to blow in 1 continuous honk for nearly a half mile.

While it is a cool location and I would love to live that close to the river, the first residents will indeed be pioneers. But my desire to be a pioneer usually involves a deal, and I wouldn't call those units a bargain, though the amenities on site are impressive. And BarK is coming along nicely, which will surely entice more residents. Every tenant I saw there last night seemed to have a dog, though maybe that is just how I knew they were residents and others without were not as obvious.

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by FangKC » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:51 pm

Luxury apartments brings new attitude, people to KC riverfront

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/lu ... riverfront

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by shinatoo » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:56 pm

flyingember wrote:
shinatoo wrote:Went down there last nite. Very nice. The problem at the moment is it's not walkable to anything but a park. I know all that should change but I've been burnt enough by "future amenities" that I would have to let someone else be the pioneer. When I'm ready to go in five years I'm sure the story will be different.
You can walk down the trail to the overlook that's at the foot of Main and get into the river market from there. It's ADA compliant as well with an elevator. This isn't obvious if you didn't know about it already though.

I seem to recall the stairs have a bike tire channel so you can take a bike up the steps too
1.6 miles on foot to City MArket that way. 1.4 to Vietnam Cafe. Only .6 to Isle of Capri.

Not what I would call a walkable neighborhood.

Walk score of 18. https://www.walkscore.com/score/1000-be ... y-mo-64105
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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by FangKC » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:08 am

A photo showing the status of construction of the Bar K Dog Bar building.

https://tinyurl.com/ybka92m9

https://www.facebook.com/barkdogbar/

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by FangKC » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:56 pm

Union Apartments Celebrates Riverfront Opening, New Projects Planned
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Cronk said about 100 of the apartments have been leased so far, and new leases are coming at a rate of 15 per week.

The developer said his firm already has approached Port KC about additional projects in the Berkley Riverfront Park area.

“We want to do more residential and more commercial space,” he said. “A second project would have about 200 units and we could continue to build commercial space.”
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https://cityscenekc.com/union-apartment ... s-planned/

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by FangKC » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:44 pm

Bar K: Tour the new pups-and-pints pub on the riverfront
Bar K's 2-acre dog park in Berkley Riverfront Park carries a unique distinction among traditional canine gathering spaces: It offers the pets' owners as much potential fun as it does the dogs.

Bar K includes a restaurant, lots of seating and a full-service bar that has 20 local and craft beers and specialty cocktails.

The full “healthy casual” menu serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for people, and Bar K partnered with Purina to develop a menu for dogs. Although pets are not allowed in the main dining center, an outdoor patio option lets patrons eat with their dogs.

Outside, dogs will find plenty of space to run around. They can cavort on a jungle gym and rock climbing wall. Trainers oversee the dogs outside so their owners can relax.

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https://tinyurl.com/ychg48e4

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Re: OFFICIAL: Port Authority Riverfront Project

Post by alejandro46 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:30 am

FangKC wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:44 pm
Bar K: Tour the new pups-and-pints pub on the riverfront
Bar K's 2-acre dog park in Berkley Riverfront Park carries a unique distinction among traditional canine gathering spaces: It offers the pets' owners as much potential fun as it does the dogs.

Bar K includes a restaurant, lots of seating and a full-service bar that has 20 local and craft beers and specialty cocktails.

The full “healthy casual” menu serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for people, and Bar K partnered with Purina to develop a menu for dogs. Although pets are not allowed in the main dining center, an outdoor patio option lets patrons eat with their dogs.

Outside, dogs will find plenty of space to run around. They can cavort on a jungle gym and rock climbing wall. Trainers oversee the dogs outside so their owners can relax.

...
https://tinyurl.com/ychg48e4
This is a great concept, visited in the WB with friends and their dogs and enjoyed - and sneezed due to all my dog allergies - the whole time. Look forward to visiting the new location.

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