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by herrfrank
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 250
Views: 19110

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

One nugget I found that is both exciting and disappointing is that 2 airline clubs are planned for the future above the retail nodes. I don't know if "future" means they are still possible for the first phase if a tenant is found or not. The airport authority may be thinking wishfully about AA and ...
by herrfrank
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Urban Living
Topic: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)
Replies: 94
Views: 53024

Re: Real Estate Listings of Interest (Metrowide)

I know this thread is focussing on residential listings, but I thought I would post some commercial listings that haven't been discussed on here and could have some good redevelopment possibilities. 3906 Central - $530k Used to be a 7-11. Has been vacant as long as I can remember. Would love to see...
by herrfrank
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Politics
Replies: 1856
Views: 207726

Re: Politics

Former Councilman Chuck Eddy has died. Eddy represented the 6th District for two terms from 1999-2007. He was a chiropractor. https://twitter.com/QuintonLucasKC/status/1169633105046581254?s=20 https://www.kmbc.com/article/larry-moore-salutes-former-kc-councilman-chuck-eddy/3525735 Eddy's family ope...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee
Replies: 150
Views: 17355

Re: Old KCPS HQ - 12th & McGee

That building, just like its former tenant, is an embarrassment to the city. Another face of failure. Tear it down.
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project
Replies: 191
Views: 30437

Re: Muehlebach Hotel / KC Club Project

This will be a nice and much needed infill project, but 13th and Wyandotte will be sort of overpowered by parking structures. The garage the Crowne Plaza sits on is already too much, so to build a similar structure across the street won't do much for the pedestrian experience. Thanks be to Oberlech...
by herrfrank
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: New Stadiums Discussion
Topic: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?
Replies: 521
Views: 89075

Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

Shawnee Mission Parkway where KMART use to be becausevnear I-35 or some where in Mission and can be called Mission Royals because had Mission Reds before. Also Street Car all the way to Shawnee Mission Parkway. Lolz. What about the Indian Springs Mall site in KCK -- it's near a highway too. They co...
by herrfrank
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: The KCMO School District
Replies: 1041
Views: 159485

Re: The KCMO School District

Southeast may be a neighborhood school, but it's the Swope Park neighborhood, not Brookside. A neighborhood school means the kids can walk there. Southwest HS is clearly the neighborhood high school for Brookside (and it was that historically). The Kansas City Missouri School Board has been a disast...
by herrfrank
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 460
Views: 61696

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Based on the fact The Kansas City Star has elected to completely dismiss their Business desk; I regard the publication as only marginally relevant. HerrFrank brings up a good point: Palm Beach Post (which I read when I am at the Delray house) is neighborhood-centric. They have an editorial desk for...
by herrfrank
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 460
Views: 61696

Re: Layoffs at The Star

I've also read that the Star generates only $10 million annual revenue, so somewhat less than 100k per employee. That's unsustainable. I'm afraid that further cuts are likely. Again, just as a comparison, the PB Post generates $70 million annual revenue, around 1MM per employee. (Like the Star , the...
by herrfrank
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 460
Views: 61696

Re: Layoffs at The Star

The February article from KCUR states that more than 50 journalists at The Kansas City Star were offered early retirement packages and roughly half accepted. It then goes on to describe a newsroom with "several score" of journalists remaining (so let's say 70 -- halfway between three score and four ...
by herrfrank
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1037
Views: 107519

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

HOA also depends on number of amenities/services it provides or has to maintain. Swimming pools, large exercise rooms with a lot of equipment, number of door people, maintenance, receiving people. Staff can be as large as 12 or more people depending on what the building wants to offer. And some are...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1037
Views: 107519

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

Yes, they do. It's a doorman building with a tennis club, a pool, and a landscaped garden above street level, plus covered parking. The linked listing with the 1200/ month HOA fee for one of the x04 units at 1600 square feet doesn't seem crazy, but it probably keeps the sales price down from where i...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1037
Views: 107519

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

I don't live there, just know people that do. In my opinion, HOAs are 'reasonable' if they remain under 25% of the fair market rental value -- for example, an apartment that would sell for 800k to 1MM should rent for circa 4000 per month, and the HOA fee should not exceed 1000 per month. Like taxes,...
by herrfrank
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1037
Views: 107519

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

I was looking at the penthouse in SF Tower a few years ago. Amazing space, huge deck overlooking DT and Liberty Memorial. Modern kitchen. Started at $1.5m and literally got down to $50k. Confused until I saw that the HOA fees were $10k/month. >> These HOA fees are comparable to those paid by folks ...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)
Replies: 36
Views: 4623

Re: Saxon at the Midland (formerly Midland Office Building)

I don't see any mention of income requirements on these. What guarantee is there that these will go to the folks that the affordable housing uproar represents? Why would they not be snatched up by businesses that routinely house employees or by folks that want a second home in town? (Though, maybe ...
by herrfrank
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: We are getting a new airport!!!
Replies: 250
Views: 19110

Re: We are getting a new airport!!!

When did the concourse get divided for security? I remember flying as a kid in the 80s and it was open. So easy! I believe there was just a metal detector at the gate. Drop your bags, walk to gate and go. The gates got metal detectors almost immediately after KCI opened for service. However, there ...
by herrfrank
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park
Replies: 153
Views: 21369

Re: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park

For hotels, the Hyatt is much closer to the Liberty Memorial than the Sheraton. It's on the skyway to the train stop or you can come out at street level and it's ~3 city blocks walking distance. I believe you mean the Westin Crown Center is much closer -- the original hotel. The Hyatt Regency was t...
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park
Replies: 153
Views: 21369

Re: Liberty Memorial Musuem and Penn Valley Park

The Nelson-Atkins also has John the Baptist's finger bone. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/holy-finger-kansas-city Relics are fascinating, often simply for the circuitous route the alleged artifacts took to arrive at their modern home. I was in Istanbul last month and gazed upon Moses' staff (p...
by herrfrank
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: West Plaza
Replies: 66
Views: 7938

Re: West Plaza

Perhaps KCRag needs a separate thread for discussion of Southwest Trafficway and its arterial feeders (Belleview and Madison). SW Trfwy items pop up in all manner of unrelated threads. Moderators, please consider this.
by herrfrank
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1037
Views: 107519

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

Milano is closing. The restaurant was formerly the "Crystal Pavilion," home to endless prom dates in the 1980s. It was not part of the original Crown Center build-out but appeared a few years later in 1982. The staff from Milano are moving to "One East" as in 1 E. Pershing Road, the new name for the...