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by kenrbnj
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: 13th and Grand tower
Replies: 303
Views: 51631

Re: 13th and Grand tower

There is a place for all types of product. This subject of "Tall versus short, shiny versus traditional, blah blah" is nothing more than "product mix". Some users desire the prestige of signage on a tall tower or they need concentrated space served by elevators. As a certainty, the underlying driver...
by kenrbnj
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Layoffs at The Star
Replies: 533
Views: 110398

Re: Layoffs at The Star

The Kansas City Star has chosen self-imposed irrelevance. It's a shame. To distinguish itself from the BizJournals; they killed their business desk. Kevin started his own newspaper (to which I subscribe); the foundation of *that* mistake. Recognize Kevin was a long-time business/development luminary...
by kenrbnj
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

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

#6 on your list is still just a concept. I wouldn't think it makes 2021 at this point I’m not so sure about your timeline on #6. The project won’t have to go through the incentive process and requires minimal bank financing. I think it’s possible for them to make 2020 at this point. I don’t think i...
by kenrbnj
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

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

So, if I understand things correctly, there will be six fairly substantial buildings in or close to the center city loop in 2020: 1. Strata (please god, change that name.) 2. 3-Light 3. Hyatt House near the Peanut. Please never underestimate the power of their nacho supreme. 4. Development at 13th a...
by kenrbnj
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: Three Light
Replies: 1428
Views: 285008

Re: Three Light

..To sound pithy and silly...

If these guys placed ornamental stuff to goose the building upwards to 353 feet -- they'd be in the "top ten", in terms of building height within the city.

21 feet..

:)
by kenrbnj
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

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

Clearly; the property is developed to address needs of an organization, which were accustomed to a suburban setting. The initial staffing will expect to drive in; work then make for the car door and exit at the close of business; navigating their cars South down I-35. Anyhow, there is an effort to a...
by kenrbnj
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Downtown tower construction boom in 2020?
Replies: 25
Views: 5740

Re: Downtown tower construction boom in 2020?

Hmm. Given the publicity; the following are "real": Three light Hyatt on Broadway Strata 11 and Wyandotte building Waddell and Reed Possibility - since the developer would look only silly ( versus incompetent ): Complex near Denny's Crown center at 27th Maybe twisty tower. Missi g anything? .
by kenrbnj
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

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

This rendering makes it look like those walls are translucent. I bet they'll be similar to the cladding used on the Bloch Building of the Nelson. https://i.imgur.com/tNxkva9.png https://i.imgur.com/eZMHjE7.png Educated guess: the announcement stated a LEED certified building. Likely the curtain wal...
by kenrbnj
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

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

I put my martini down before I have to go to Israel (business, strictly). Please colleagues; can we agree this is as cool as hell? The "Hair Curlers" of Bartle Hall" were "edgy" when they had been placed... Unless you are really recalcitrant, you like those hair curlers. This plan works beautifully:...
by kenrbnj
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Midtown Area Apartment Boom
Replies: 198
Views: 45164

Re: Midtown Area Apartment Boom

After reading the CitySceneKC piece about this...

When I lived on Union Hill in the 1990's and early 2000's, *I* was one of those who asked, "Market Rate Apartments on Armour? Are you crazy?"

Happily I was wrong. The city is becoming a cohesive metropolis.
by kenrbnj
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Minimum Wage (Split from New Convention Hotel)
Replies: 50
Views: 8989

Re: Minimum Wage (Split from New Convention Hotel)

Tipping couples performance to compensation directly in the context of table or bar service. Remove tipping; the dining patron will likely receive standard service. Asymmetric minimum wage perverts the local economy. The VOX piece did touch on this fact; though applied stress that the Seattle labor ...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Urban Core
Topic: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?
Replies: 128
Views: 30494

Re: Poll: Does the Plaza need a drastic change, some change or on the right path?

The #SaveOurPlaza crowd need to understand that retail has changed and it can't stay mostly as a mall anymore. And it actually had more neighborhood amenities in past. I'm afraid that might be right. Likely, Plaza will have a few benchmark retail venues and the balance will become F&B venues. As th...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Artistry KC (19th and Oak)
Replies: 74
Views: 23085

Re: OFFICIAL - Artistry KC (19th and Oak)

This will help fill in this part of the City. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49295779306_4b89fe78cc_h.jpg This image illustrates the sheer quantity of infill required in the city. These surface parking lots are an immense waste of potential tax revenue. Those who oppose TIF should take note of...
by kenrbnj
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

Hopefully the sausage making is over with. Now, let's hope for some excellent architectural styling; with the eventual building of critical mass for downtown. A vocal exception to the events of 19-December: The board of education doesn't need money. The city of Kansas City has proven -- with nationa...
by kenrbnj
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

I read it. It's difficult to determine whether it's "sour grapes" or whether there is a legitimate concern. Corporate credit ratings agencies exist to mitigate against such risks. It's not our job to perform an actuarial assessment for Kansas City. ..However, one conversant in the corporate debt mar...
by kenrbnj
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

Re: Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore

Why is there so much backlash on this now? I am seeing all kind of negativity on this project and how more money should be used for schools. I don't understand that argument because its not like Wadell and Reed is currently in the city so if W&R bails there is still no money for schools I ask the s...
by kenrbnj
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: OFFICIAL - Waddell & Reed - 14th & Baltimore
Replies: 764
Views: 132027

Re: Companies moving downtown

Everyone, might we consider a new forum for this development?: W&R, 14th and Baltimore Don't take the initial renderings so hard! Consider the following before sending up smoke: a. It'll be a ~250ft building in a strategic area: Bridging the central downtown to the "Convention extension." Think: the...
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 601
Views: 141230

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

An opinion:

I would not specify a building atop a parking structure. ..Too vivid recollections of the 1993 WTC bombing and other parking structure fires. ..But (pride) height and maximization of footprint drives practice.
by kenrbnj
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Power & Light District
Topic: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)
Replies: 601
Views: 141230

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

Standard floor heights on Class-A commercial is 15-17' to allow for contiguous space; recognizing environmental and services are overhead.

Parking Garages are 8'-9'.
by kenrbnj
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Downtown
Topic: Crown Center: urban disaster, shining star, or in-between
Replies: 1178
Views: 165194

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

I happen to agree with KnuckleHead: Overly conservative. They needed to hold this posture through the 1970's through the 1990's.

CC is missing out on a building boom. I hope they dust off plans and participate.