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A Bright Edge for River Market
September 12, 2007
A $3.5 million reconstruction project has been developed for Second Street in the River Market district. The major portion of the project will turn a dirt road into a landscaped pedestrian thoroughfare....
A Historic Makeover
AUgust 3, 2007
The Midtown Theatre, located at 13th and Main in Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to reopen in the spring of 2008 following a $28 million makeover. The new renovations include cabaret seating and several...
February 18, 2009
Article describes $65 million in redevelopment projects along a four-block stretch of Broadway between 34th and 37th streets. The largest of the projects is a major expansion of Metropolitan Community...
Brywood Update, Expansion Planned
April 12, 2008
Tri-Land Properties, Inc., owners of the Brywood Shopping Center on East 63rd Street, "is asking for $8.6 million in tax incentives, including regular TIF, Super TIF and the establishment of a community...
City to Acquire Former Bus Site
October 10, 2008
Kansas City has reached an agreement to acquire and tear down the former Greyhound bus terminal located at 11th and Holmes in the east side of downtown. "Purchasing and demolishing the block-sized complex...
Detached Home for 'Transplants'
May 29, 2008
"The City Homes project nearing completion at Fifth and Oak streets in the River Market area packs 27 detached houses into a 2.2 acre site between the City Market and the Columbus Park neighborhood." Built...
Developers Plan Condo Project Near Plaza
August 17, 2007
A 1950s-era apartment building located at 4700 Roanoke Parkway near the Country Club Plaza is to be renovated into 26 condominiums. The project has been named 4700 and the location offers a good view of...
Downtown KC's Long Road Back
May 18, 19, & 20, 2008
Series of three articles discussing and measuring downtown's progress. The three-day series "charts Kansas City's downtown comeback, compares it to recoveries elsewhere and explores what it needs to continue...
Downtown Tax Request Takes Detour
July 12, 2007
Andrews McMeel Universal wants tax incentives to renovate the historic Boley Building located downtown at 12th and Walnut. The bulding is currently part of the Town Pavilion office complex and if this...
Final Act for Opera House: Demolition
March 12, 2009
The Grand Opera House is being demolished "after a two-year effort failed to turn up a viable plan for its reuse." Commerce Bank, which owns the property, had given it a reprieve to give preservationists...
Flip Side of the Tracks
June 15, 2006
A former Kansas City Southern rail yard located in the River Market area alongside the Missouri River is to be redeveloped with 325 luxury apartments. The Morgan Group wants to acquire the land and do...
Freight House Hotel Planned
August 4, 2007
The article states, "The developer of the historic Freight House building, home of three upscale restaurants, wants to complete his original plan by building a 21-story hotel and garage nearby." The 120-year-old...
Funkhouser Backs Bannister Project
December 13, 2007
Article about the mayor's support of TIF for the $949 million Three Trails redevelopment plan for Bannister Mall. The former mall and adjacent Benjamin Plaza shopping center will be demolished to be replaced...
Housing Planned at 1006 Grand
June 4, 2008
A now empty office tower building is slated to be renovated for affordable apartments. "The structure, which began its career in 1910 as a seven-story office building with a basement pool hall called the...
KC Area Can Crow: We're Now 2 Million
March 20, 2009
Article discussing the recent estimation by the U.S. Census Bureau that the Kansas City metro area, including 15 counties, reached the two million mark last year. Still, in relation to the rest of the...
KC Brewer Bottles Bragging Rights
July 16, 2008
Because of the pending buy-out of Anheuser-Busch brewery by Belgium-based In-Bev, Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Co. will soon become the largest Missouri-based brewery. Boulevard Brewery was started...
KC Preservation Prizes
June 2, 2007
Historic Kansas City Foundation selected the newly reopened Aladdin Hotel and the former Blossom House & Girls Club for the annual renovation/rehabilitation awards. Also included were the Christian Church...
KC's Old Liquid Carbonic Site Still Has Fizz
May 10, 2007
The six-story Liquid Carbonic Company Building located at 20th and Baltimore in the Crossroads Arts District has been bought by Charles Barnard. He intends to spend $2 million to renovate the building...
Lyric Opera Sells Its Theater
June 1, 2007
DST Realty purchased the 81-year old Lyric Theatre, home to the 49-year-old Lyric Opera since 1972. The Lyric Opera will continue to use the theater until early 2010 when it will move its productions to...
Mayor-Manager System Means Struggle in KC
November 23, 2009
Article examines Kansas City's form of government--power divided between the mayor and city manager where "the mayor and council set the policy and the manager implements it"--after the removal of city...
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