Crossroads chat

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Developments and happenings in the Crossroads district of Kansas City.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City has opened their new location at 1709 Walnut.

I think the crossroads need to focus on “artsy” hotels

Crossroads doesn’t only have to define itself as an “artsy” area. There’s power in continuing to be an eclectic mix of old and modern.

The hotels currently being constructed in the Crossroads are much more modern, than “artsy.” While downtown has a couple of boutique hotels in the pipeline.

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Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering is coming together at 1708 Oak St. Seems this project has taken a bit longer than anticipated.

Just any hotel would help the city

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More hotels near Downtown are proposed/under construction than any time in decades. We’re on a good track. :slight_smile:

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I love Raygun. Great store. Huge in Iowa.

Ruins Pub to replace Bulldog in the Crossroads

"Ruins Pub will have mismatched furniture, some made by Kalwei like an old clawfoot bathtub turned into a loveseat, as well as creative lighting and works by local artists. Old black and white cartoons will be projected on one wall.

It will have 40 self-serve beer taps (where customers pay via radio-frequency identification), and will offer such menu items as sandwiches, specialty hamburgers, salads and Hungarian soups."

Soft opening on June 13th for Josey Records, coming together on Oak St.

Lead Bank renovation at 18th & Main is making good progress.

Always good to see older buildings getting touched up. This one is on 18th St, just off Central.

"The trendy taqueria currently has three locations, all in St. Louis. The group aims to open a new Mission Taco Joint in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri – south of downtown, six blocks from the Power and Light District.

Their plans to expand to Kansas City fit right into that portfolio in a way Barrister’s never quite did.

‘The Arts District, it’s really up and coming; it reminds me of the Loop,’ Tilford says. ‘We really want this to happen; the lawyers and landlords have this in their hands now. Our investment group is behind us.’"

Locally owned chocolatier opening in the Crossroads

"Bizz & Weezy Confections is coming to the Crossroads.

The locally owned chocolatier is taking a space at 1800 Baltimore Ave. for a scheduled Aug. 1 opening.

The company was founded in 2010 by Jonathan and Amy Pitcher in the basement of their Olathe home."

High-tech car showroom parks in Crossroads

“Luxury car dealer Pure Pursuit Automotive recently set up shop in one of Kansas City’s trendiest districts, incorporating such technology as holographic attendants and personal tablets. Those technologies and others aim to create an experience lacking at mega, suburban dealerships, founder and CEO Glen Dakan said.

Featuring such cars as Maseratis, BMWs and Jaguars, Dakan said he wants to create a tailored and memorable car buying experience for patrons through technology. In addition to a hologram attendant at Pure Pursuit’s entrance, sensors around the showroom will cue demos on personal tablets. Patrons can also watch videos on the boutique showroom’s touchscreen projector.”

Renewal plan could be a boost to East Crossroads

"…East Crossroads Urban Renewal Plan.

The proposal would pave the way for property tax incentives for redevelopment in a 92-acre area generally bounded by Interstate 670on the north, U.S. 71 on the east, the Kansas City Terminal Railway tracks or a section of 18th Street on the south, and Oak or Locust streets on the west.

The city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority took the first step Wednesday morning by finding the area blighted. Next the plan must be considered by the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee of the Kansas City Council, followed by the full council."

Redevelopment sought for Faultless Linen properties in the Crossroads

“Faultless Linen, with an eye to possible joint venture redevelopment, is putting 100,000 square feet of building space plus a vacant parcel of land on the market in Kansas City’s west Crossroads Arts District.

The four properties: 1915 Broadway, a three-story, brick masonry building with 36,000 square feet; 1923-1943 Broadway, a two- and three-story, brick and concrete block building with 54,000 square feet; 1929 Central, a single-story, brick veneer-on-concrete block building with 10,000 square feet; and 1805 Washington, which is 13,000 square feet of vacant land.”