From CitySceneKC: https://cityscenekc.com/downtown-library-district-gets-new-dog-pad/ By Kevin Collison Downtown dogs have a new pad to hang out by the Central Library garage, an artificial approach to better accommodate nature’s call. The library in partnership with the Downtown Council Community Improvement District recently installed 6,000 square feet of synthetic lawn in front of the library’s iconic bookend mural. It replaces a patch of grass that had struggled for years. “You can’t grow grass because of the shade and the dogs,” said Sean O’Byrne, vice president of the Downtown Council. “It’s designed to percolate through the soil and people need to pick up after their doggies. We think it’s a great opportunity.” CityScene KC reported last year about the need for downtown residents to do a better job of curbing their dogs. There are an estimated 7,685 dogs living in greater downtown, according to a formula used by the American Veterinary Medical Association based on the number of households. That adds up to tons of poop. New signs urge people to do a better job of cleaning up after their pets. But downtown wasn’t originally built as pet-friendly place. So all those dogs have taken their toll on the green patches available, particularly in the Library District. It’s a neighborhood where of hundreds of apartments are located in converted buildings near the Central Library. “Synthetic lawn was developed with dogs in mind,” O’Byrne said. “It’s a good alternative for a harsh urban environment.” Besides replacing the patch in front of the garage bookend mural with synthetic lawn, new fencing has been put up around sidewalk landscaping wells in the Library District and hardier plants found. Signs also have been added to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. O’Byrne said finding better ways to accommodate dogs and encouraging their owners to be more responsible are part of the growing pains of the new downtown. “When we started the revitalization of downtown, we thought we’d won if we saw people pushing baby carriages and walking dogs,” he said. “We’re seeing lots of both now.”
Why wait three years? KCLoftCentral has condos for sale right now. Check out this recent article in the Kansas City Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2018/01/17/cordish-three-light-condos-for-sale.html It announces how Cordish, owner of the Power and Light District, is considering including some condominiums in it’s newest apartment project, Three Light, which is schduled to open in 2021. –-Nick Benjamin, Cordish’s executive director for the district, said a decision had not yet been made but confirmed that the company has considered selling as many as 10 percent of the $130 million Three Light project’s 300 units as condos. “We’re obviously in a good place in terms of overall demand and interest in living Downtown,” Benjamin told the Kansas City Business Journal. “The preponderance of the demand remains for rental apartment living. But we do hear from a number of people who have said they’re interested in owning condos Downtown. And there’s going to be a point in the evolution of the market Downtown where condos, at some scale, make some sense.” Benjamin said a Kansas City Council committee is expected to consider the development plan and incentives for Three Light on Jan. 24. If the project proceeds as expected, he said, construction would be started at the northeast corner of Main Street and Truman Road late this year and completed by early 2021. Rents at Three Light, similar to those in One Light and Two Light, will be top of the market at $2.25 to $2.30 a square foot, Benjamin said.– But why wait three years when KCLoftCentral has affordable downtown condos for sale right now! With prices starting at $99,000 for studios, KCLoftCentral has several chic floor plans available to choose from at two distinct buildings: Fountains Lofts located at 712 Broadway https://kcloftcentral.com/for-sale/fountains-lofts/ and Soho Lofts located at 308 W 8th Street https://kcloftcentral.com/for-sale/soho-lofts/ , both in the Garment District.
Made in KC cafe is now open at 1114 Baltimore on the 1st floor of The New Yorker! Stop in and sample a wide variety of local coffee, cappuccinos, espresso and baked goods. The cafe has a wonderful feel and blends the warmth of a modern cafe with the ambiance of this historic building (check out the original terrazzo floors!). KCLoftCentral is proud to welcome Made In KC cafe to The New Yorker! The New Yorker is KCLoftCentral’s newest apartment project and is scheduled to open in May 2018. This lean building know as ‘KC’s Skinniest Skyscraper’ will be home to 29 loft apartments most of which will rented for less than $1,000 per month. Contact KCLoftCentral today for more details: 816-842-6544. The Made in KC café concept was driven by the fact that the retailer started carrying products from 10 local coffee roasters, and Enders started thinking how fun it would be to serve their coffee in one place. When the landlord of 1114 Baltimore asked whether they’d consider opening a retail store there, the co-owners opted for the hybrid coffee shop and retail store due to the layout of the space. Made in KC also is adding a taproom and event space in the back, which will open in the spring. In true Made in KC fashion, the taproom will feature local beers, wines and spirits. “Part of the Kansas City arts and culture scene of the last couple years has been the growth of the breweries and the distilleries that have gotten lots of not only local love but national attention as well,” Bradley said. But as a retail shop without a liquor license, Made in KC hasn’t been able to work with the area breweries and distilleries in the capacity it would like. It’s been limited to T-shirts and themed glassware. “But this is going to allow us to also be more connected with that part of Kansas City and allow us to expand those relationships, give them another place to showcase their dream and encompass the whole Kansas City experience,” he said. Read entire article
Stop by our Open House on Sunday 11/8, 1-4 p.m. Freight House Lofts #302 Come check out this 1,248 sq. ft. 2-bed/2-bath unit at the Freight House Lofts, located at 2029 Wyandotte. This four-story building was constructed in 1929 and was originally the distribution and manufacturing center for Safeway Stores. Unit #302 features include sealed concrete floors, new stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, and full size washer and dryer hookups. Located in the heart of Kansas City’s historic Freight District, the Freight House Lofts are within easy walking distance of the First Friday’s art neighborhood, many fine restaurants, coffee houses and much more. This property has a secured entry, great views, fitness studio with Jacuzzi and gated and covered parking is available next to the building. The sale price on this unit is $269,000.
Open House Sunday 11/8 1-4:00 p.m. at Campbell #209 Join us this Sunday to take a look at this spacious one-bedroom with den/two-bathroom condo, located at 1535 Walnut – only two blocks from the Sprint Center and Power & Light District! A Kansas City landmark, this building was designed and built during World War I by J.C. Sunderland, who also designed Kansas City’s Masonic Temple and Coffee Lofts. This 1,059 sq. ft. unit features include: soaring concrete ceilings, polished concrete floors, new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and full size washer/dryer hookups. Building features include a modern fitness studio with a full range of equipment, private wine cellar, video security access, courtesy patrol and on-site maintenance. It would be difficult to pinpoint a more exciting location in the downtown area for those who want more than just the pulse of the city – Campbell is at the heartbeat of Kansas City’s culture of the future. *Tax abated until 2025