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by kenrbnj
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: The Midland Lofts (formerly Midland Office Building)
Replies: 169
Views: 26532

Re: The Midland Lofts (formerly Midland Office Building)

@Fang: Gotta go to the Peanut at 9th and Washington.. It's "dive" and "wonderful" at the same time. Reminiscent of the little SoHo/Tribeca joints before they became "the shit". - Hoboken like. And John's on a summer night when they have a band on the roof, as it echos. I hope I am not being "Captain...
by kenrbnj
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

I'll learn to attach photos, eventually.. I might respectfully suggest a counter-point: BMA tower was built on the park; on a pedestrian un-friendly plat. WDAF is total crap; with green space needed to support that (functionally obsolete) transmitting antenna support tower.. 27th street offers a fai...
by kenrbnj
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

The idea of reduced parking requirements is based on the supposition there are alternatives.

Stating the obvious: The streetcar is a people mover within downtown.

Until regional rail becomes real and adopted; the car will remain king. KC is still 20-30 years away -- at best.
by kenrbnj
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

Back to topic. VanTrust is the developer, per KCBJ. https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2021/04/01/27th-main-office-fidelity-security-vantrust.html Some things in this that I found interesting, and notable, is... - Pei Cobb Freed and Partners is the lead architect. - Work could start in Apr...
by kenrbnj
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

Absolutely not. In the 1970's through the 1990's; it was dangerous downtown. Either your mom and dad or the local news told you this. Either way, they were both liars. Quite the emotional response. I am in my 40's. I lived at 204 E. 30th street from 1996 through 2001, at the crest of Union Hill. At...
by kenrbnj
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

Corporate Woods was the response to high crime (and perceived crime) in the 1970's and 1980's ..I do agree (an opinion): Corporate Woods is the icon of urban decay, white flight, and urban sprawl in KC-land. It is a manifestation of urban flight due to bad management of Kansas City. The current May...
by kenrbnj
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

Odd how a negative opinion on aesthetics can be represented as "factual". "Corporate Woods" is used as a negative connotation. That said, the HR Block building, 1201 Walnut, Pershing Place, and new Loews Hotel.. --all glass buildings with similar design aesthetics as the (proposed) 27th and Main opp...
by kenrbnj
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Office project at 27th & Main
Replies: 138
Views: 6614

Re: Office project at 27th & Main

Here's to the developer recognizing this block was always intended for an iconic structure (per Hallmark). The property is prominent from all angles. This project appears further along than most proposals; the architecture proposed for the building was certainly tailored to the space. Whomever is co...
by kenrbnj
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1650 Broadway
Replies: 86
Views: 17413

Re: 1650 Broadway

That guy was elected mayor? By whom?

"WhatABurger" ?

No words.
by kenrbnj
Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:49 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Americo Plaza Tower (Former Holiday Inn)
Replies: 72
Views: 6307

Re: Americo Plaza Tower (Former Holiday Inn)

Triangulation: The building favored for River Market (Flaherty & Collins) suggests a 300 apartment (plate size undefined) structure of 12 stories. It's a fair hypothesis the Holiday Inn site would be of similar footprint and similar height: 10-14 stories. That height supposition is supported by prec...
by kenrbnj
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Inclusionary Zoning
Replies: 93
Views: 4728

Re: Inclusionary Zoning

It's a stupid policy. We need to get rid of parking minimums and make it easier to build more total units. Completely a political move. THIS IS NOT SAN FRANCISO people. We need more housing on vacant lots. Our mayor has the time to roast a small townhouse development on the east side for asking for...
by kenrbnj
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Two Light - 14th & Grand
Replies: 1035
Views: 258541

Re: Two Light - 14th & Grand

normalthings wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:11 am
Zoning Compliance Letters issued for One & Two Light. I see these come up often during buyer's due diligence. Any ideas of alternate causes for this?
Possibly as an exercise related to a refinancing event..
by kenrbnj
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 770
Views: 141052

Re: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

I wouldn't be too concerned by this turn of events. Undoubtedly, the long term lease is a liability on the W&R balance sheet. The acquiring entity is obligated to either sublease, utilize partially or fully, or pay whatever penalty clauses. Playing the odds, Macquarie will locate any US operations i...
by kenrbnj
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1650 Broadway
Replies: 86
Views: 17413

Re: 1650 Broadway

@ Normalthings: All of the developments not already underway are likely "in-review". HOWEVER, this COVID baloney is a chapter which will certainly close. One should consider these projects (1650 Broadway) to be "conceptual foundation". Post COVID, the 1650's or the Strata or the 12th and Grand proje...
by kenrbnj
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 1650 Broadway
Replies: 86
Views: 17413

Re: 1650 Broadway

Denny's closing is the best news in a long time.

This update opens the block for the complete redevelopment.
by kenrbnj
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown New Residential Units
Replies: 87
Views: 40830

Re: Downtown New Residential Units

Normalthings: There is definitely a market for the high-density, high-rise condominium product. The product, the price, and the HOA covenants must be correct. HOAs nationally have this core problem: Absent disciplined covenants; heavy ($$) maintenance gets deferred. Developers exacerbate the problem...
by kenrbnj
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown New Residential Units
Replies: 87
Views: 40830

Re: Downtown New Residential Units

High rise co-op/condo: MAJOR consideration is HOA. I have a personal view (twice over): #1: In looking at S. Fl; I liked high-rise waterfront. Great location, less money. HOA for a high-rise is often $1000+/mo. Parking garages, commons areas, ELEVATORS, roof repair requiring heavy-lift helicopters, ...
by kenrbnj
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 306
Views: 57740

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

It is a hope/desire the prosperity of P&L, River Market, Crossroads, Crown Center shifts east. Within the loop area; the government buildings dominate. Stating fact: Those buildings and their employees do not seem to bring the same dynamic to their working district as compared to the private sector ...
by kenrbnj
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Three Light
Replies: 1474
Views: 299509

Re: Three Light

"Completed plans call for the construction of a 557,000-square-foot, 28-story above grade, 321-unit multi-residential development; retail development; six-story above grade parking garage; and office development." per a recent update on a paid construction leads and bidding website Good to hear.. I...
by kenrbnj
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Freight House Podium Project - 20th and Walnut
Replies: 83
Views: 14424

Re: Freight House Podium Project - 20th and Walnut

Am I the only guy around here who notes a resemblance to Strata and to the proposed development near Denny's?

Regardless, this is a thing of beauty in a perfect location.

Let's hope these guys get the support, financing, and leasing in-place.