KANSAS CITY – Two major construction projects in downtown Kansas City will add 320 apartments to the area and may help spark a downtown development revival, the Kansas City Star reports.
A plan from the Cordish Co. for a 23-story apartment building at 13th and Walnut Streets joins another recent announcement of a downtown apartment project, the redevelopment of the historic Midland office building at 13th Street and Baltimore. The two projects together bring much longed for housing to the downtown district and help support a mixed development scheme for bringing old and new buildings back to real estate scene.
As the Star reports:
That effort, which now seems even more impressive when you consider the city’s sporadic record, transformed a blighted eight-block zone into a place we could actually show off to visitors for the All-Star Game. It combined new construction with the restoration of the historic President Hotel, and the Mainstreet and Midland theaters.
And yes, as much as Kansas City and Missouri should be proud of all the great old buildings converted to housing thanks to its progressive historic tax credit program, a new apartment high-rise would add some glamor to downtown those dowagers lack.