Urban Tour This Saturday!

Don’t miss the 2018 Downtown Dazzle Urban Tour this Saturday December 8th from 10am-5pm.  KCLoftCentral is a feature sponsor of this event and will be hosting tour visitors at three of our amazing downtown properties: Board of Trade Lofts, The New England and Fountains Lofts. Downtown’s trendiest residential properties—from the Crossroads Arts District to the River Market—will open for public tours during the most popular event of Downtown Dazzle. Participants are invited to explore at their leisure from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. while traveling from one property to the next by using the KC Streetcar, walking or driving. Partake in free food, drinks and other surprises! Pick up your Downtown Dazzle Homes Tour Guidebook at Visit KC’s office located at 1321 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105 starting at 10 a.m. or register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-downtown-dazzle-urban-homes-tour-registration-50195669599  

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Revel in the Revival

Kansas City was recently ranked 10th out of 28 must see travel destinations in 2019 by National Geographic!

Most visitors to this Midwestern city come for the barbecue and all that jazz but soon find themselves caught up in an urban renaissance. Recent additions include the 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City, a $50-million reinvention of the 1888-built Savoy Hotel and Grill, and the free RideKC streetcar. The two-mile route stops near the National World War I Museum, where Great War Centennial Commemoration events continue in 2019. In the historic 18th and Vine jazz district, visit the side-by-side American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. West of downtown, empty industrial buildings in the West Bottoms now house retro-cool retailers and clubs, like The Ship, a restored 1930s speakeasy. “To me, West Bottoms speaks to the history of Kansas City: the stockyards and trains and commerce moving through the middle of the country,” says KC native Chris Goode, CEO and founder of Ruby Jean’s Juicery. “But no matter where you go in Kansas City, it will feel like home. The city just has soul.”

HOW TO GO: Walk and roll through downtown, learn about recent revitalization efforts, and hear stories of Kansas City’s colorful past on the Original KC Streetcar Tour.

Read the entire article here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-trips-2019/  

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Thanksgiving Special – No Rent Payments until 2019!

For a limited time only at Board of Trade Lofts...lease an apartment in November and your rent is free until 2019!  This historic property is located in Downtown Kansas City’s Library District and was originally erected in 1924 by the Kansas City Board of Trade. At Board of Trade you will find a scrumptious selection of studios, one and two-bedroom lofts at an affordable price. Bountiful amenities including a fitness studio, indoor swimming pool, social lounge and putting green. This pet-friendly urban oasis is perfect for those wanting seconds, at Board of Trade Lofts you’ll enjoy the best of loft living at an affordable price! Available Now: Studios starting at $890/month, 1 Bedrooms starting at $999, 2 Bedrooms starting at $1235 Contact us today at: http://kcloftcentral.com/contact/

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Coming Soon…Downtown YMCA

The $35-million renovation and reconstruction project is expected to be completed by spring of 2021. It’s funded by $16.9 million from the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District, additional funding from the Missouri Development Finance Board, as well as charitable gifts from foundations and individual donors. “The new Y builds on the success of Kansas City’s Downtown revitalization, and will bring much-needed community programs to this diverse and growing community,” said David Byrd, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “This is a new chapter in history for our Y and for Kansas City as we transform the historic Lyric Theatre building into a community center that will benefit generations for years to come. We are so grateful to all of our donors and partners for their support to make this project possible.” The Y will be named the Kirk Family Community Center. The Kirks are longtime YMCA of Greater Kansas City donors and supporters of the new Downtown Y. The family includes the late Phil Kirk, the former chairman of DST Realty, now part of SS&C Technologies. He played a key role in Kansas City’s Downtown revitalization and was instrumental in bringing the new Y to the former Lyric Theatre. Features of the 62,000-square-foot Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center:
  • Preservation of the facade and lobby of the historic building including the original marble floors, ceiling tiles and more to become the new Y entrance.
  • A 42,000-square-foot section of new construction built on the north side of the lobby featuring a contemporary design. Behind the building, there will be a small green space for events and youth sports.
  • Dramatic two-story windows will be inserted into the new limestone walls along Central bringing natural light into the space and creating a contemporary, eye-catching look to the building’s exterior. The limestone will come from the same quarry that provided the limestone for the original Lyric building.\
Amenities inside the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center:
  • Three community rooms to give members and the community the opportunity to host meetings, celebrations of family and friends, and more. One of the community rooms will feature a teaching kitchen for healthy eating, nutrition and cooking classes.
  • A Kids Zone constructed near the entrance that will provide a safe and fun place for kids to learn and play.
  • An indoor family pool and lap pool to bring year-round life-saving swim lessons, exercise and recreational opportunities to families downtown for the first time.
  • An enclosed wood-floor gymnasium that can be used for basketball, volleyball, and other youth and adult sports.
  • A large health and wellness area offers a space for guests to improve their health through cardiovascular exercise and strength training featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Three studios for group exercise.
  • A suspended indoor walking and jogging track that will offer views of the lower levels of the center.
Truman Medical Center to offer a medical clinic at the new Downtown Y
The YMCA and Truman Medical Center will team up to offer a medical clinic at the Downtown Y. The two organizations first partnered to open TMC’s University Health Clinic adjoining the Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center in February 2018.
The Linwood Y partnership has already proven that working together toward a common vision and mission can improve community health at a time when chronic disease is rising and access to quality health care remains a challenge for many.
The Downtown clinic will make health care more accessible to Y members, as well as those in the surrounding area.
“It is part of our mission to get out of the four walls of the hospital and bring health care where it’s needed,” said Charlie Shields, president and CEO of Truman Medical Center. “We are excited about the construction of this new University Health clinic, because it’s in the right place, at the right time. The power of our combined services will make a great impact on the area’s health and wellness.”
TMC’s University Health Clinic is planned for the lower levels of the building. TMC also will partner with Cerner to bring advanced technology to the patient experience at the clinic.
“Bringing this Y and medical clinic to Downtown is truly a game changer and an important milestone for the Kansas City community,” said CiCi Rojas, chief volunteer officer for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.
“We look forward to the completion of this project so that the Y may impact more lives for the better,” Rojas said. “There are still opportunities to give. The new Y will allow us to meet the changing needs of the community as more young professionals, families and empty-nesters call Downtown home, and will serve as a destination for the entire metro.”

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