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Made in KC Cafe opens downtown

Welcome to the Made in KC cafe!  Now open at 1114 Baltimore in The New Yorker,  Downtown Kansas City’s newest apartment project. The 2,300-square-foot space at 1114 Baltimore Ave. features a coffee bar in the front, a seating area surrounded by Kansas City-created retail, and room for event hosting. A taproom planned for the back of the store is expected to open in the spring, Enders said. Made in KC Cafe’s big draw on opening day: the coffee. “In our shops, we work with 10 different roasters,” Enders said, explaining the cafe’s plan for rotating featured brews. “Our espresso will be consistent; We’ll use Messenger. And then the cold brew, drip coffee and iced coffee will rotate. We’re going to try to match it up with our subscription service.” The retailer offers a coffee subscription wherein customers get three, six or 12 months deliveries featuring a different roaster each month, he said. “As part of an educational piece at the cafe, it’ll be like, ‘Oh, this month you’re drinking Oddly Correct. If you like this, you can order it. Or you can sign up for a subscription and try all of Kansas City’s great roasters,’” Enders said. Read Entire Article

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Kansas City renters have hard time finding place to live downtown and stay within budget

Just 10 years ago, downtown wasn’t yet home to the Kansas City Live! venue, the Sprint Center or new luxury apartments like One Light. Now, 3,900 more residential units are planned for this year. Still, people in the city are having a hard time finding a place to rent on a budget. “I probably looked at 20 different places before I ended up settling here,” said Tricia Zion. Zion recently moved back to Kansas City from Southern California, but her journey back to the metro was anything but smooth. It took weeks of searching before she settled on a two-bedroom in Midtown near Costco. “I’m not looking for something luxury,” she said. “I just need something that doesn’t have rats in it and will take my dog and is livable but it’s difficult to find that here.” The problem she found is there are not enough apartments for rent that young professionals can afford. Zion says she is paying more in student loans then she is in rent, and she’s already stretching her pockets. Let’s compare rent costs. For a studio in the luxury One Light building, you’ll get less than 600 square feet for $1350 a month. That comes with a pool, in-unit laundry and granite. A cheaper option we found is an apartment in the Board of Trade building. That’s downtown across the street from the Kansas City Public Library and by KC Loft Central, which has several units in the greater downtown area. It comes to $950 with free rent this month for about 700 square feet, but this apartment comes with no granite and no stainless steel. Jay says studios in the downtown district cost an average of $1,095 a month and developers can charge a $1.75 a square foot, if not more. What’s unique is Kansas City is actually one of the few places in the nation, Jay says, where its actually cheaper to live in the suburbs. That is because more people want to live in the city than there are rooms. Remember, just 10 years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot downtown. “There’s a big demand out there for people who want to live downtown, but for the longest time there has not been the supply, which is part of the reason why rent prices are high,” explained Jay.     Read Entire Article

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Hotel Bray will get new life as apartments targeted at young professionals

As one KCLoftCentral affiliate completes the apartment conversion of the historic New England Building, another is beginning a similar renovation two blocks away. New Yorker Lofts LLC has begun transforming the nine-story sliver that was built in 1915 as the Hotel Bray. Located at 1114 Baltimore Ave., its 29 new market-rate apartments are scheduled to be ready for occupancy by next spring. John Bennett Jr., executive vice president of KCLoftCentral, said demolition has started in the building, which will cost only about $3.5 million to acquire and redevelop due to the fact that the structure, its plumbing and its electrical system got complete updates just 22 years ago. It was previously remodeled in 1947 as a 100-room hotel, which was branded as the New Yorker Inn and housed a popular restaurant and cocktail lounge known as the Esquire Room. As part of its new life as the New Yorker Lofts, the building’s ground floor will be occupied by Made in KC, a homegrown retailer that opened its first location in Overland Park in 2015. Dedicated to connecting local artisans with customers, it has grown from a pop-up shop with 13 artists to a platform for more than 200 local artists, designers and makers. On the second through ninth floors, the building will house studio and one-bedroom apartments with open layouts ranging in size from 385 to 745 square feet. KCLoftCentral, which owns and/or manages more than 1,000 downtown apartment units, has shifted its development focus to boutique projects with smaller units after realizing that “75 to 85 percent of those people contacting our company are in the market for less than 1,000 square feet,” Bennett said. Of its renters, only 15 percent are empty-nesters, and 85 percent are young professionals, many of whom can’t afford and don’t need large luxury units, he added. “The majority of these (New Yorker Lofts) units will be rented for less than $1,000 per month, providing one of the most affordable market-rate apartment experiences in downtown Kansas City,” Bennett said.   The apartment features will include polished concrete floors, stone counter tops, modern kitchens and sleek bathrooms. Resident amenities will include a mid-century inspired lounge named after the building’s old Esquire Room, a laundry center and resident storage. Parking will be available for rent in an adjacent garage. Wedged into the narrow space between the garage and Hotel Phillips, the New Yorker Building was designed in the Jacobethan architectural style. The building’s east face is adorned with terra cotta window surrounds, string courses, crenellations and a double-root gable reminiscent of something you might see while strolling down a street in Derbyshire, England, Bennett said. The developer will utilize state and federal historic tax credits to help finance the project but will not seek local incentives. Equity Bank is providing the private financing. Read Entire Article

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