OFFICIAL - Lightwell (formerly City Center Square)

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WeWork is laying off thousands and halting all new leasing. Unclear if that will kill the Lightwell deal, which 100K space is in middle of conversion. Given it's apparently a signed lease, might proceed.

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Article about Lightwell plans to become a startup hub. Moreso than just the 100K sqft of WeWork space (about 650K sqft in building). No indication there will be issues with WeWork lease given recent IPO withdrawal and restructuring, says deal is 'locked'.

https://www.startlandnews.com/2019/10/l ... nsas-city/
Lightwell is expected to provide a three-stage system for tech-growth in Kansas City — a school for tech talent, coworking space for startups and private office space for scaling companies, explained Bataineh, vice president at Somera Road, the New York-based commercial real estate investor working to redevelop Lightwell alongside AREA.

“If we’re going to have five tech companies upstairs that are having credible funding and are growing super fast, we need a school downstairs that’s producing employees to keep them growing,” he said.

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Interesting shot from the library of the building when it was brand new.

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Tour of the renovation: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... -tour.html

Some newish (?) tidbits: The new skylight will be frameless. Country Club Bank will move to the SE corner of the 2nd floor. A wooden stair used to connect to the top two floors.

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New renderings for the WeWork Space - notice the expose original ceilings

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Situated in the heart of the financial district, the Lightwell building carves a distinct silhouette in the sparkling Kansas City skyline—and our vibrant office space helps teams stand out, too. Two floors in this 30-story skyscraper are dedicated to WeWork, featuring expansive lounges, focus-fueling private offices, and state-of-the-art conference rooms. Members can enjoy alfresco lunches and after-work happy hours on our outdoor patio. Plus, commuting is easy with the KC Streetcar at Main and 12th Street within walking distance. For a break between meetings, browse the stalls at River Market or entertain clients with award-winning barbeque at Plowboys. After work, explore the restaurants in the Power and Light District, or attend a concert with coworkers at the Sprint Center arena—just a five minute walk away. If you're ready to put down roots in this neighborhood that's buzzing with ambition and entertainment, join WeWork at 1100 Main St today.

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What's the status with the foodie hall?

BTW, saw sign in new Wrap It Up spot across from MKE Deli, but looks like they have a long way to go.

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Snuck a peak into the Lightwell foodie hall. Looks like still in early stages of conversion.

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7th Floor demolition to commence in January.

https://compasskc.kcmo.org/EnerGov_Prod ... b=moreinfo

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Signs up at 531 Grand indicate Dominos Pizza coming soon. Assume this to be the move from City Center Square preciously rumored.

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Dominos has cleared out.

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PayIt's new HQ space includes the creation of an outdoor patio.

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OP food hall concept could come to downtown tower

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Tim Barton, the developer behind the Strang Hall chef collective in downtown Overland Park, is in late-stage discussions to bring a similar concept to Lightwell, the 30-story tower at 11th and Main streets.

Should the deal close, Barton’s concept would take about 13,000 square feet on the first floor of the building and include approximately five chefs. The food hall would replace the building’s now gutted cafeteria space, which shuttered for renovations in the fall.
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https://tinyurl.com/vx3b46n

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"Welcome to the new brand.

"A modern workplace.
A home for the creative class.
A destination for the talent of tomorrow.

"LightWell is a curated experience
for today's workforce, celebrating
wellness, offering diverse food and
beverage, and providing ample
social spaces to attract and retain
the best talent to the heart of
Kansas City's downtown."

This puffery has appeared on several inside walls. Note the odd building spelling and the Oxford comma. The expression "diverse ... beverage" feels awkward, but a new bar is a new bar.

Meanwhile, on outside doors, a photocopied notice "No Public Restrooms" has been plastered generously.

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herrfrank wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:35 pm
"LightWell is a curated experience
for today's workforce
Great, I can curate my workplace at Lightwell and then curate my living at Reverb.

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herrfrank wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:35 pm
Note the odd building spelling and the Oxford comma.
Yes, I am noting use of it, as it always should be.

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scooterj wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:48 am
herrfrank wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:35 pm
Note the odd building spelling and the Oxford comma.
Yes, I am noting use of it, as it always should be.
Amen.

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Do they have artisan offices there?
Real estate developers are some of the least creative professionals I've met. Even the ones who fancy themselves artists.
I know one very successful local developer who has tons of properties with the most uninspired names imaginable. I once asked him how the hell they came up with those and his reply was, "We find successful apartments/strip centers/buildings in other cities and use those names." And then I cried.

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