https://cityscenekc.com/historic-scarr ... ury-hotel/One of downtown’s most historic and architecturally impressive buildings, the Scarritt, has been purchased by a Florida developer who plans to renovate it as a 193-room Wyndham Grand hotel.
It was purchased last week by Augustine Development Group from St. Augustine, Fla., and will be redeveloped along with Sunflower Development Group of Kansas City. The development entity for the project is Axis KC LLC.
Plans call for the building to be renovated as a hotel along with 20,000 square feet of co-working space, two full-service restaurants and a rooftop sky lounge.
I appreciate both this projects as well as the Hyatt house's forward thinking and flexibility on finding solutions for parking. Obviously some secure parking is needed; our downtown is overflowing with structured parking, we should focus on getting these projects underway and figure out how to deal with parking along the way. It sounds like another good use of incentives as well; Wayne Reeder has absolutely let this beautiful building rot away. He is trash.FangKC wrote: ↑Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:32 amHistoric Scarritt Building and Arcade Slated to Become $50M Luxury Hotel
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From my experience, higher end customers are more likely to fly into a city and more likely to Uber around once there. It’s the middle and lower end visitors that are more likely to road trip to their destination.
It's not just the jet-setters. I'm a middle "end" customer in that I roadtrip to most cities I visit, but then I usually have the hotel valet my car and I don't see it again until I am ready to leave town. So though I'm a roadtripper, I'm perfectly fine with hotels that don't have on-site parking and I use them regularly.normalthings wrote: ↑Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:13 amFrom my experience, higher end customers are more likely to fly into a city and more likely to Uber around once there. It’s the middle and lower end visitors that are more likely to road trip to their destination.
Abnos never owned this building. We were talking about Wayne Reeder, and someone chimed in about Abnos.
We can all understand why you'd get the two of them confused.alejandro46 wrote: ↑Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:01 pmThanks for the correction Edited above for clarity.
Renovation of the historic Scarritt Building & Arcade office buildings and adaptive reuse
as lodging (Scarritt) and collaborative office space (Arcade)
The purpose of the proposed redevelopment plan is to revitalize two historic office properties
that are languishing at 93.2% vacancy.
AXIS KC, LLC intends to invest approximately $50 million to redevelop the Scarritt Building
and Arcade. The conversion will result in roundly 180 lodging units in the Scarritt Building and
collaborative office in the Arcade to be used by guests in the lodging rooms, local small office
users, and visiting office users, as well as, retaining the dentist use on the 1st Floor. The
proposed lodging use would be flagged as a Wyndam Grand and be of 5-star quality. Guest and
employee parking will be by valet in spaces leased at the 811 Garage located on the west side of
Walnut Street across from the Arcade.
A two-level parking deck (814 Grand Boulevard) adjoins to the north of the study area. The
property is currently closed and has had 9 code violations filed against the ownership since May
2016. The structure exhibits various structural issues and trespassing and illegal camping has
become an issue.
The Scarritt Building is an 11-story (plus 12th floor penthouse), steel skeleton frame, supported
by a double basement and sheathed in brick and terra cotta walls. The two basement levels are
rectangular but the shaft of the tower changes to a modified “H” plan at and above the second
story. The structure was begun in 1906 and completed in 1907 (age=112 to 113 years). Windows
are double-hung design (single pane) with wood frames. The multilevel roofs are covered with a
white membrane. The building contains 23,280 square feet below grade, 129,362 gross square
feet above grade, and 104,750 rentable square feet. The tower is served by four passenger
elevators and one freight elevator. The elevators operate by old switchgear design and the shafts
are not pressurized. Currently, only one of the four passenger elevators is operable. The building
is served by a “multi-stack” chilled water system and electric heat. Each floor has an air handler
unit and a cooling tower is located on the roof. The structure has a fire sprinkler system with
service entrance and fire pump located adjacent to the south sidewalk vault. Exterior fire stairs
(metal) are along the west wall.
The first floor is quite ornate and is covered by a historic preservation and conservation
easement. Marble slabs, extensive terra cotta, and period light fixtures are attractive but need
repair. Carpet is worn and stained and needs replacing. A ballroom (most recently an event
space) with support facilities (kitchenette) comprises the south half of the first floor. Upper
floors are mostly finished with tired office space last rehabbed in 1985 (34 years ago).
Floorplates are small (~11,500 sq.ft.) by modern office standards and the floor plan includes
extensive partitions and lacks the open space preferred by office users today. Ceiling heights
(generally 8 to 9 feet) are low by modern standards. Elevator lobbies are rather large. Some
space along the west elevation have views only into the backside of the adjoining Waltower
Lofts. “Bride” and “bridegroom” residential units are on an upper floor to compliment the former
event space use on the first floor. Public restrooms are on each floor and include tank-flush
fixtures many of which are marked as inoperable.
Three upper floors (9, 10, 11) were damaged by water as a result of vandalism Resulting in
frozen water pipes that burst. The basement (below grade Grand Boulevard but at grade E 9th Street) was also damaged by a burst water pipe. Ceiling panels, the lower three feet of wall
board, and the floorcovering has been removed on these water four damaged levels. One of the
stairwells has been enclosed in various areas due to damage. The penthouse is in very poor
condition. The exterior walls need significant repairs and maintenance (tuckpointing, crack
repair, power washing, terra cotta stabilization and repair). The windows and doors are
extensively deteriorated and need to be replaced (in accordance with historic requirements).
Security railings along the south elevation protecting pedestrians from window well drop offs are
in poor condition and have been compromised. The roof membrane is functioning but will need
to be replaced in the near future. The cooling tower has remaining economic life. The public
sidewalks along Grand Boulevard and E 9th Street are in poor condition and need to be
replaced/repaired. The extensive (93.2%) and extended vacancy (partially caused by
deterioration and obsolescence but also by a lack of off-street parking) at the Scarritt Building
indicates the structure is no long able to compete for modern office users. The office finish on
the upper floors is worn and tired (mauve, hunter green, avocado, or “casino” carpet) and
consists of multiple small private offices. All building systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC,
elevators, fire sprinklers) need attention. Significant personal property has been abandoned
throughout the building.
It also has info about some nearby buildingsThe Scarritt Arcade is a 4-story, steel frame structure with basement connected to the Scarritt
Building by a tunnel running from the ground floor of the Arcade to the sub-basement of the
main building. The structure was begun in 1906 and completed in 1907 (age=112 to 113 years).
The Arcade contains 20,720 gross square feet above grade but only 11,656 rentable square feet.
Many of the building systems in the Arcade are tied into the Scarritt Building. The Arcade is
served by one passenger elevator (hydraulic). The elevator operates by old switchgear design and
the shaft is not pressurized.
The north, east, and south elevations are faced with unadorned brick while the west elevation
(facing Walnut Street) is a ranged ashlar Chicago School façade. Windows are double-hung
design (single pane) with wood frames and have aging cloth awnings. The roof includes a large
skylight (glass in metal frame) allowing light to penetrate the core of the building as all of the
south elevation abuts the Waltower Lofts and the two lower floors on the north elevation abuts
the adjoining parking garage. The center portion of each of the four floors is open lightwell
allowing light to penetrate the interior of the building. Multiple small offices line the hallways
and have glass walls facing the lightwells to allow light into spaces. The layout results in a very
low 56% efficiency ratio (rentable area to gross area; modern offices attain ≥85% efficiency).
The lightwell has extensive and ornate terra cotta covered by a historic preservation and
conservation easement. However, the terra cotta has begun to deteriorate. The glass and metal
frame in the skylight need to be replaced as leaks have developed causing interior water damage.
The floor covering throughout is dated and worn hunter green carpet. One restroom is located on
each floor and alternate by gender by floor. Peripheral offices have lowered ceilings to allow for
the HVAC ductwork (later addition). The light switch for each space is located on the back wall
and electricity is via exposed wall strips. Significant personal property has been abandoned
throughout the building.
The exterior walls need significant repairs and maintenance (tuckpointing, crack repair, power
washing, terra cotta repair). The windows and doors need to be replaced (in accordance with historic requirements). A black roof membrane is loosely stretched over the flat portion of the
roof and should be immediately replaced. The interior finish is deteriorating and needs to be
replaced or updated. An additional restroom should be added on each floor or the single gender
provision converted to unisex. As previously mentioned, most buildings systems are connected
to the Scarritt Building and need attention.
The former “Temple” office midrise is locate at the
southeast corner of E 9th Street and Grand Boulevard. The 12-story structure dates to 1911 and
contains 60,000 rentable square feet and has been 100% vacant for many years.
On the south side of E 9th Street (906 Grand Boulevard) is a 13-story structure formerly known
as the “Rialto Building” and the “Ozark Building” that opened in 1912. The owner (United
Missouri Bank of Kansas City) placed the mostly vacant property on the market in June 2018
and the building is just now reportedly under contract. The smallish floorplates of 11,000 square
feet makes modern office use difficult.