Grand Opening of Union Berkley Riverfront in Kansas City

This week, Flaherty & Collins Properties proudly held the grand opening of Union Berkley Riverfront. The event drew project partners from the Port KC and the City of Kansas City, and the ribbon was officially cut signifying the opening of this game changing project along the riverfront, just blocks from downtown Kansas City.

Union is truly a sight to behold. Situated on the Missouri River and Berkley Riverfront park, Union is a transformative, $ 72 million mixed-use luxury apartment development that includes 410 market rate luxury apartments and 12,400 square feet of retail space. A secure parking garage featuring 443 parking spaces, to be used by residents and retail customers.

“The new Union Berkley Riverfront development is exactly what Kansas City needs to help welcome new residents, visitors and tourists to our beautiful riverfront,” said Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James. “This exciting new community will be an asset to downtown Kansas City, and an anchor for future projects.”

Union offers residents and guests gorgeous, panoramic views of downtown and direct access to the riverfront park area. These amenities will support and activate the Berkley Riverfront greenspace next to the Missouri River and meets the goals that Port KC had in mind when they identified the project.

“The opening of Union Berkley Riverfront marks a significant point in our city’s history as we bring people back to its origins – our beautiful riverfront,” said Zoraya Rowlands, Interim President & CEO of Port KC. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner in Flaherty & Collins for this first development project at the riverfront. Union reflects their commitment to bring world class, luxury living to Kansas City’s front door.”

The grand opening event showcased what residents will enjoy: a ton features and amenities that include a 1st floor bar and coffee shop featuring complimentary Topeca® coffee served by an on-site barista. The project includes high speed Wi-Fi throughout, 24-Hour secure Package Center access, and The Library serves as a co-working and private conference space. The development offers residents a private demonstration kitchen and group dining area, three hotel-style guest suites, as well as an outdoor screening lawn. A state-of-the-art 1,600 square foot Fitness Center will include a yoga studio, and other fitness options include a Group Cycling Studio and a Connexus Free Functional Training System.

Outdoor amenities include a resort-style, heated saltwater pool with wet deck and waterfall feature, plus over 20,000 total square feet of private courtyard space with an Outdoor Living Room featuring fire pits, grills, furniture and Pickle Ball court. And Union, a pet-friendly community, also features a 1,600 square foot private and elevated Bark Park with a Dog Spa and a Dog Park Express Course that includes a water station and waste area. The Bike Lounge amenity features bike storage with repair tools, stands, TVs, post work-out relaxation area, ping pong, and self-serve beer tap.

“Union truly epitomizes modern urban living, and it has the most unique location, with great visibility to both the downtown Kansas City skyline and the river and bridge views are fantastic,” says Ryan Cronk, Vice President of Development and lead project developer. “When you add in the location to the park and all the amenities that Port KC are bringing to the area, it is an immersive living experience for our residents – a combination of being downtown, but having green space as well.”

Apartments will include 100 percent LED lighting, Lyric Smart Thermostats, and luxury wood-style flooring in kitchen, entry and living area. Kitchens feature oversized, flat slab cabinets with custom hardware. In addition, apartments will feature premium carpet in bedrooms, oversized energy efficient windows, front load, full size GE, Energy Star rated washer and dryers, and quartz countertops, plus luxury features including frameless shower doors and recessed, decorative patios or balconies. Union also features eight penthouse units with upgraded finish packages.

The project, at 664,812 total square feet, began construction in late November 2016, is developed and managed by Flaherty & Collins Properties, financed by TCF Bank and was constructed by MW Builders. Learn more by visiting www.unionbp.com.

Whole Foods Market Opens at 360 Market Square

This week, Whole Foods Market opened its doors to customers for the first time. First customers were greeted with gift cards, fresh coffee and bread samples, as well as the first 500 receiving gift cards ranging from $5-$50 in value, with one lucky recipient getting $500.

The 40,000 square-foot grocery store at 320 E. Market Street, part of Flaherty & Collins Properties 360 Market Square project, opened at 9am Wednesday, March 21. The store features a tap room with 20 Indiana beers on tap, a coffee bar, an assortment of Japanese-American mochi ice cream, pizza, a salad bar and a hot foods bar, and more than 100 varieties of cheese.

 

The store also includes Amazon lockers.

CHECK OUT THE WHOLE FOODS INDIANA INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT HERE

This is the fifth Whole Foods in the state. As part of Whole Foods commitment to the area, they have several planned 1% Community Days, where one percent of that day’s net sales are donated to local non-profits or educational organizations.

  • Wednesday, March 21 – City Market
  • Thursday, March 22 – Wheeler Mission
  • Friday, March 23 – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • Saturday, March 24 – Indianapolis Public School Education Foundation
  • Sunday, March 25 – IndyCog

You can visit the store website HERE to learn more.

The Yards Breaks Ground in Kansas City Stockyards District

KANSAS CITY – Flaherty & Collins Properties broke ground this week on The Yards, a $41 million mixed-use, luxury residential apartment development in the Kansas City Stockyards District.

The Yards, the biggest mixed-use residential project in the Stockyards District, will consist of 232 luxury market rate apartment homes and 3,150 square feet of commercial retail space and over 9,500 square feet of amenities.

“It’s important to the city that the Stockyards District has developments like this, where people can live and engage in the community,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. “We want to keep the artistic aspects, but also grow this area and bring the light rail transit to connect this area with downtown.”

“This project, much like what Flaherty & Collins Properties has done with the Union Berkley Riverfront site, will serve as a catalyst of growth and development in the Stockyards District,” said City Councilman Scott Taylor.

Comprised of studios, one and two-bedroom apartment homes, The Yards development – designed by Kansas City architecture firm KEM Studio – will be authentic to the district’s rich heritage by stitching together the iconic, modern Kemper Arena and the historic Livestock Exchange building. The Yards will be focused around the active lifestyle currently found in the Stockyards District, with access to the levy, Kansas River and trails.

“We look at the stockyards as a crown jewel for the long term in the Kansas City market,” says Ryan Cronk, Vice President and lead project developer for Flaherty & Collins Properties. “The Stockyards is transforming with restaurants, bars and art galleries. We don’t view it as pioneering as some people do. We think the Stockyards is going to be a fantastic neighborhood. It’s got a great vibe today and will continue to be.”

Bill Haw, owner of the Livestock Exchange Building and surrounding properties, is the seller of the land on which the apartments will be built.

“We are delighted that a developer of the reputation of Flaherty & Collins Properties recognizes the potential of the Stockyards District,” says Haw. “They will be a perfect fit with the commercial, entertainment and sports facilities springing up around the Livestock Exchange Building. Our confidence in the project is reflected in our willingness to participate in the financing of the apartments.”

The Stockyards District, home of the Livestock Exchange Building, once saw 66,000 head of cattle per week come through the stockyards.

 

The Livestock Exchange Building, which will be next to The Yards, was completed in 1911 and was the largest livestock exchange building in the world. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Across the street is the former Kemper Arena, which is undergoing a $39 million renovation into a youth sports complex. Kemper Arena is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and hosted the 1988 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, as well as the 1976 Republican National Convention. The Kansas City Kings (NBA) played in the arean from 1974-1985, when the team moved to Sacramento. As recently as 2004, it hosted an NCAA first and second round.

Residents of The Yards will enjoy nearly over 9,500 square feet of amenities. The Yards will feature a communal lounge and co-working area, saltwater pool and outdoor living and kitchen area, a community demonstration kitchen, an activity lounge and Fitness Center featuring Fitness OnDemand®, Bark Park and a Skydeck with panoramic views of downtown Kansas City. The Yards will be focused on custom service to their residence, featuring morning coffee service and other hotel-like amenities.

Apartments will include Euro-style kitchens with tile backsplashes, mudroom, mobile islands with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, smart thermostats, and LED lighting throughout.

Financial project partners include Citizen’s Bank & Trust, Equity Bank, First National Bank, and The Livestock Exchange. Additional project partners include: KEM Studio (architect), Landform (civil engineers) and Apex Engineers (structural engineers). MW Builders is the general contractor. The City of Kansas City (Missouri) and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDCKC) have also been integral project partners.

The project, at 247,597 square feet, plans to be completed by the Summer of 2019. Learn more at www.theyardskc.com.

AAKC Crystal Merit Awards

It was quite the celebration on Saturday evening in Kansas City, as the Apartment Association of Kansas City (AAKC) handed out their Crystal Merit Awards at the 21 annual gala. Held at the Kansas City Convention Center, over 1,000 people were on hand for the event, which showcased and highlighted the best of of the multifamily industry in Kansas City and the surrounding area.

Flaherty & Collins Properties and one of it’s newest communities – The Heights at Linden Square – walked away with three awards on the night following 19 nominations.

Our winners:

  • Website of the Year – The Heights at Linden Square
  • Property Management Team of the Year – Under 250 Units – The Heights at Linden Square
  • Marketing Director of the Year – Brian Moore, Flaherty & Collins Properties

“It was an honor to be nominated, so it is certainly humbling to actually receive the award,” said Brian Moore, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Flaherty & Collins Properties. “We’ve got a great team out here at The Heights and with our new projects coming to Kansas City this year in Union Riverfront Berkley and the planned groundbreaking of The Yards, we’re excited about Flaherty & Collins Properties presence here in Kansas City.”

The AAKC has 811 member communities and organizations, with over 80,511 units represented.

Summit Grill officially announces expansion to The Heights at Linden Square Development in Downtown Gladstone

Gladstone, Mo. – Restauranteurs of the Year, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy announce the expansion of Summit Grill into Gladstone’s newest mixed-use development in downtown Gladstone. Summit Grill will occupy the newly renovated 10,000 square foot space located on the ground-level of the Heights at Linden Square mixed-use apartment building located at 601 NE 70th St. in Gladstone, Missouri.

Summit Grill’s soon-to-be third and largest location serves as the anchor tenant in creating a vibrant downtown in Gladstone with an up and coming mixed-use project which includes active, high-end retail, entertainment and luxury living. The new Summit Grill location is within walking distance of the Gladstone Community Center and Linden Square featuring an amphitheater that offers weekend concerts and movies, a skating rink and festivals and events throughout the year like Whiskey Fest, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Food.Art.Drink.

The Gladstone location will seat up to 300 guests with an option for outdoor dining and is expected to open late summer of 2018.

About Summit Grill

Summit Grill is a casual American restaurant opened first in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2012 and Kansas City, Missouri’s historic Waldo neighborhood in 2014. Both locations are open daily for lunch, dinner and happy hour, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch. The restaurant’s menus feature a range of options from sandwiches, salads and burgers to hand-cut steaks and seafood. Summit Grill is led by long-time restaurateurs Domhnall Molloy and Andy Lock, formerly of McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks. Summit Grill and Bar is located in Lee’s Summit at 4835 NE Lakewood Way and in Kansas City at 520 W. 75th Street. Reservations can be made online through Open Table or by calling 816-795-1299 in Lee’s Summit and 816-361-9788 in Kansas City. Visit Summit online at SummitGrillandBar.com.