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Developments and happenings in the Kansas City, Kansas, especially the downtown area.

"Kansas City Kansas Properties LLC, a partnership Ehney leads, has acquired the seven-story office tower at 601 Minnesota Ave. from UMB Bank and plans to redevelop it as a mixed-use project.

Ehney said the 60,000-square-foot office tower and an adjoining two-story, 15,000-square-foot annex, which his partnership also acquired, are vacant except for UMB, which has a branch on the ground floor of the tower.

Despite its relatively modern exterior look, the tower was built around 1925, and Ehney said plans call for restoring the original architecture hidden behind the current facade. As part of an effort to win historic tax credits for the project, he said, Joy Coleman of Treanor Architects has been retained to help get the building placed on the National Historic Register."