Riverfront apartment construction will begin in summer
"A $65 million mixed-use development is expected to open on the Missouri riverfront in 2016.
Construction will begin on the Union | Berkley Riverfront Park by the summer. Jason Evelyn, president of MW Builders Inc., said the general contractor will build 480,000 square feet of new buildings at the site just south of Kansas City's Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park. Evelyn said the project will include 350,000 square feet housing 410 high-end apartments and a more than 425-space parking garage with about 12,500 square feet of attached retail space. MW Builders, based in Temple, Texas, is part of MMC Corp., an Overland Park-based construction company.
The project is being developed by Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties. Ryan Cronk, vice president of development at Flaherty & Collins, said Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. is providing design services. Minneapolis-based Landform Professional Services is providing engineering services. Building plans still are being developed, he said, but work is progressing quickly."
Port Authority CEO: Riverfront development is really going to happen
"Michael Collins understands why some people might be skeptical about his agency's ability to develop Kansas City's riverfront.
"We've had many plans, and we've been trying (to develop the riverfront) really since the 1970s, and it hasn't worked out," said Collins, CEO of the Port Authority of Kansas City. "I completely understand the naysayers and the critics because they haven't seen anything (at the riverfront)."
"You can count on one thing," Collins said. 'You will see development moving because we have skin in the game on this project. We are spending cash on this project so it better work.'"
Apartment project, new tack get things rolling on the river
"Collins said he’s confident the Union project will be the first of many developments built up on the riverfront because the Port Authority no longer is looking for one massive project to develop the land all at once. Instead, it’s looking to lease parcels to private parties — it leased the five acres for the Union to Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties — that will develop the land piece-by-piece.
Collins predicts this strategy will allow the market, rather than his agency, to dictate what happens on the riverfront. If the economy stays strong — and the Union is a success — he said the area could be fully developed within eight to 10 years. The Union is due to be completed in mid-2016.
While there’s cause for optimism, Collins said there’s nothing else to announce about development on the riverfront just yet. He said the authority is working with four or five potential developers, but he wasn’t ready to say who or what those developers were proposing."