Historic downtown KC building soon to be Hampton Inn


Work has begun on the $6 million conversion of the historic Gumbel Building in downtown Kansas City into a 70-room boutique hotel. Developer Mark Patel, who bought the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building in November 2012, said he was able to start the project after lining up financing from New Orleans-based Liberty Bank.

A property tax abatement for the project also is in place, Patel said, and he is working toward state and historic tax credits. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the terra cotta-faced Gumbel Building opened in 1904 as Kansas City’s first large commercial building constructed of reinforced concrete.

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