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by kenrbnj
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 487
Views: 63090

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Well, there you have it. A new 25 story building. Hopefully the building looks nice. Theresa Loar's comments grate on the nerves. Is she always so annoyingly emotional??? Christ, reading her comments made me cringe as I read it in NY. Impressive "Cringe range". The current renderings look a little s...
by kenrbnj
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 487
Views: 63090

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

This is good news, cloaked in a sarcastic narrative: The developer is trying to play the squeeze game -- and has capitulated. The fact the developer capitulated suggests there is sufficient market value in a downtown development -- "the incentive juice is not worth the squeeze." I am a huge proponen...
by kenrbnj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Hyperloop between KC and STL
Replies: 79
Views: 8546

Re: Hyperloop between KC and STL

Should there be any motivation for KC-land; skip this Hyper-crap. Substantive discussion should involve regional rail transport and evolution of light or heavy-ish rail within the urban area. I would not be madness to begin discussions of a rail link between the new airport, Northland, and the cente...
by kenrbnj
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Hyperloop between KC and STL
Replies: 79
Views: 8546

Re: Hyperloop between KC and STL

Guys, don't put a gram of faith on this hare-brained scheme. The operative word on "Hyperloop" is "Hype". Government can't put higher-speed conventional trains on existing tracks, let alone new tracks. Building a tube that's evacuated between STL and KC is beyond pipe dream. When the Kansas City Sta...
by kenrbnj
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Companies moving downtown
Replies: 273
Views: 20612

Re: Companies moving downtown

For 65 million in incentives, Cincinnati got the 320 million 800,000 sq ft 41 story Great American Tower. Great American only occupies half the building. Cincy got a signature tower with room for another 1000-1500 employees in addition to Great American for the investment. Milwaukee got the new 140...
by kenrbnj
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Companies moving downtown
Replies: 273
Views: 20612

Re: Companies moving downtown

The grand problem is there IS a wealth of unused or UNDER-utilized space downtown; the economics simply do not support office buildings above 15-20 stories -- yet. As the land becomes consumed; the roof heights will rise. This is profoundly true, considering desirable office plates are spec'd to be ...
by kenrbnj
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Companies moving downtown
Replies: 273
Views: 20612

Re: Companies moving downtown

EVERYONE! I would love to see a 50-story building too. Not to be a dick, but these things take time! Six months ago; there had been ZERO concrete plans for office development. ..Only a few crude renderings and pie-in-the-sky talk. Today, the urban center has THREE substantial developments; engineeri...
by kenrbnj
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Companies moving downtown
Replies: 273
Views: 20612

Re: Companies moving downtown

Nice sleuthing, NormalThings. Given an average of 250-330sf per employee in a like-use environment; plus the ~1,100 employment projection; this is a 300,000SF building, given sole occupancy. If multi-tenant; who knows? Inevitably, W&R will get their signage rights too. National advertising as a frin...
by kenrbnj
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project
Replies: 208
Views: 32718

Re: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project

I witnessed that implosion -- it was at the depths of the downtown; as the Marriott was applauded for actually investing in their annex building. Sadly, The Kansas City Star had a sarcastic editorial the following week (the implosion was a Sunday early morning) -- suggesting the city implode buildin...
by kenrbnj
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Poll: #1 development goal for urban KC
Replies: 24
Views: 1066

Re: Poll: #1 development goal for urban KC

Walk-ability will be contingent upon the perception of safety.

Density will bring the venues in.
by kenrbnj
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte
Replies: 201
Views: 20948

Re: Hotel Bravo- 17th and Wyandotte

Same logic applies to Strata, and the streetcar for some on the council. It feels different than Strata though. I feel like with Strata they like the project and want office buildings but are trying to negotiate out the city backing piece. It feels like with this they just don’t want it. If they ac...
by kenrbnj
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project
Replies: 208
Views: 32718

Re: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project

..Plus done with more modest tax incentives.. Strata and Bravo are asking for way too much. "Hey, business entails risk. Don't ask the public to be your hedge." I am hoping there are a bunch of people at the Copaken-Brooks conference room having a "come-to-Jesus" session. If the Strata had not been ...
by kenrbnj
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Four Light
Replies: 49
Views: 4374

Re: Four Light

which development are you referring to at 16th? A recent proposal that died before being publically announced. ..Without divulging information you might have in-confidence: Could you advise what class of use the project might have been? (Residential? Hospitality? Office?) Also, what was the general...
by kenrbnj
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1038
Views: 109086

Re: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between

Conventional wisdom is to let market forces -- not arbitrary aesthetic mandate -- govern what becomes built. "Synthetic Scarcity" and other gimmicks tend to introduce unintended consequences. Surface parking lots can be addressed with other carrots and sticks: For example, tax the land at a higher r...
by kenrbnj
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 150
Views: 17943

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

I hope you're right, KC-to-Brooklyn. (My main residence is across the Raritan -- in Red Bank, NJ -- by the way.) An assertion: Surface parking is a criminal's playground. Further; it is a denial of tax revenue for the city. The city would be well served to tax the shit out of the land and lighten th...
by kenrbnj
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 150
Views: 17943

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

I do hope this Board of Education sale yields something bold and audacious. ..Something to open the "East Village" to the P&L district. ..With a lack of Class-A space; absolute absorption rates are certainly constrained by inventory of contiguous space. If a surface parking lot is considered good us...
by kenrbnj
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: New Broadway Bridge
Replies: 429
Views: 71903

Re: New Broadway Bridge

moderne wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:12 pm
Has to be low profile as it will be encroaching on airport flight paths.
The site plan and alignment suggest height should not be a problem.
by kenrbnj
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: New Broadway Bridge
Replies: 429
Views: 71903

Re: New Broadway Bridge

I just hope the decision is to not use a blah blah continuous plate bridge.. A postcard quality bridge would frame the waterfront nicely..
by kenrbnj
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: New Broadway Bridge
Replies: 429
Views: 71903

River Market Realignment, Buck O'Neil Bridge

Everyone, I had not seen any discussion concerning this -- figured I'd stick my neck out and start it. There are four different proposals for the Broadway Extension river crossing. One sticks out: The WEST plan. The four proposals are delineated here: https://www.modot.org/buck-oneil-environmental-s...
by kenrbnj
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 470
Views: 63540

Re: Layoffs at The Star

HerrFrank, the irony is that Knight-Ridder owns the KC Star -- as it does the Miami Herald. Knight-Ridder hasn't existed since 2006. It was bought by McClatchy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight_Ridder Yeah -- the joke was: "So Tony Ridder could buy his third Ferrari." Tony's father was THE MAN....