OFFICIAL - The Continental Apartments (former Mark Twain Tower)

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DaveKCMO wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:47 am
Bernstein Companies requesting a loading zone for this development to support "retail and a mix of tenants". Plans to open in 2021.
Link: https://compasskc.kcmo.org/EnerGov_Prod ... b9b76d6274

https://compasskc.kcmo.org/EnerGov_Prod ... b9b76d6274

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BizJournal ran a story on this project today.

Interior demolition work is completed. The development has a working name of KCAC Apartments (Kansas City Athletic Club), but Continental Apartments is mentioned later on. There will be 222 apartments, an increase of 20 after Bernstein Companies dumped the office and cowering portions of the project. the 5th floor ballroom will be available for people to rent for weddings and what not. Most of the apartments will be one bedroom but there will be some studios, two and three bedrooms included in this project.

All in all, the cost will be $51.9 Million but could go into the high $50 Million range when all factors are added into the cost. The target delivery date for the apartments is Late 2021, so I would assume construction, beyond interior demo, will be starting very soon (wasn't mentioned in the article).

Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... stein.html

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Chris Stritzel wrote:
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There will be 222 apartments, an increase of 20 after Bernstein Companies dumped the office and cowering portions of the project.
After how this year has been going, I think people would welcome a cowering space. :lol:

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horizons82 wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:07 pm
Chris Stritzel wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:46 pm
There will be 222 apartments, an increase of 20 after Bernstein Companies dumped the office and cowering portions of the project.
After how this year has been going, I think people would welcome a cowering space. :lol:
Whoops. Haha. Should be co-working but oh well. Cowering sounds much more appropriate, so I'll just leave it

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The Business Journal reports that the project completion date has been extended from Feb. 28, 2021, to Oct. 31, 2022.

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Bummer. At least some of the work is done.

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At least one subcontractor just got released to resume work.

Along with the Midland, the Twain (or whatever they end up calling it) will give Baltimore some much needed energy.

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There were new building supplies (shower pans) in the first floor when I walked by yesterday. Good sign.

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With financing secured, Mark Twain Tower conversion is 'full steam ahead'
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The Bernstein Cos. has closed on financing and now is moving "full steam ahead" on an approximately $60 million revamp of the Mark Twain Tower into the Kansas City Athletic Club (KCAC) Apartments, said Phil Aftuck, the company's assistant director of real estate investments.

The Washington-based real estate investment, ownership, management and development group in late April secured a $27.65 million construction loan from Centennial Bank, as well as a "substantial" investment from PNC Bank's historic tax credit group, for the redevelopment at 106 W. 11th St., Jackson County property records show.

Now, Aftuck said general contractor Rau Construction is making progress on site each day, and the KCAC Apartments are expected for delivery in late summer 2022.
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Bernstein Cos. plans 222 apartments, several with original tower flourishes preserved in-unit, and about 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in the 22-story building.
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https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... e=facebook

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Nice to see the ordinances being followed and of course this moving forward


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Nice!

Where are the humans?

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DaveKCMO wrote:
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:40 pm
Nice!

Where are the humans?
Indoors, I suppose....quiet streets.

Hopefuly getting people living in the Twain will help! The conversion is fully underway

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Those views are top notch. I’d love to be eye level with the Power and Light building, but a few facing North wouldn’t be bad in my book.

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Great pics. Would love to see UMB follow up on their original plan for a 14 floor tower above their offices. A real shame that they were allowed to demolish the historic Emery, Bird, Thayer building for a half finished as promised building.

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Major KC Fan wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:45 am
Great pics. Would love to see UMB follow up on their original plan for a 14 floor tower above their offices. A real shame that they were allowed to demolish the historic Emery, Bird, Thayer building for a half finished as promised building.
For what it’s worth, EBT wasn’t demolished specifically for that building. It was a vacant space for a long time.

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The UMB tower was not to have been over what is built, but built across the north end of the block, similar in footprint to the Commerce Bank building.
Would have required demo of the old HSA building at the corner of 10th and Grand. With the current trend of rooftop signage would like to see the old rooftop Continental sign restored. It was quite prominent.

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Every time I walk by there I tell someone about that pool but not sure I've ever actually seen a picture of it. Thanks.

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