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Kemper Arena Will Be Demolished to Make Way for New Financially Viable Facility

Kemper Arena Will Be Demolished to Make Way for New Financially Viable Facility

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The American Royal Association and the Kemper family announced plans to tear down Kemper Arena and build a new Agricultural Events Center. Built in 1974, the arena was initially intended to host only American Royal events but it expanded into a full civic arena. The…

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Ford Motor Co. and Governor Jay Nixon Announce Historic $1.1 Billion Investment

Ford Motor Co. and Governor Jay Nixon Announce Historic $1.1 Billion Investment

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, senior executives from Ford Motor Co., and leaders of the United Auto Workers have announced a historic $1.1 billion investment in the Claycomo facility. Governor Nixon hailed the investment as the rebirth of the American auto industry. The investment will add…

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Burns & McDonnell Headquarters Awarded LEED Certification; Briarcliff Development & Riverside City Break Ground on Infrastructure Project for 260-acre Horizons Development

Burns & McDonnell Headquarters Awarded LEED Certification; Briarcliff Development & Riverside City Break Ground on Infrastructure Project for 260-acre Horizons Development

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The Burns & McDonnell headquarters renovation has garnered LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (LEED O&M) by the U.S. Green Building Council. For the new construction and renovations at the 9400/9300 Ward Parkway world headquarters, Burns & McDonnell is pursuing a separate LEED…

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Missouri Steps Up to Keep Companies from Crossing the Border; CBL Sells 50 Percent of Oak Park Mall in $1.09 Billion Joint Venture

Missouri Steps Up to Keep Companies from Crossing the Border; CBL Sells 50 Percent of Oak Park Mall in $1.09 Billion Joint Venture

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Once again the ongoing border war is making headlines this week in Kansas City. The Kansas City Business Journal reports the Missouri House passed a bill that will offer up to $30 million in tax credits to aid in the redevelopment of the 215-acre former Bannister…

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New Legoland Discovery Center is Built at Crown Center; GoldOller Acquires 1,395 Residential Units

New Legoland Discovery Center is Built at Crown Center; GoldOller Acquires 1,395 Residential Units

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Merlin Entertainments Group has broken ground on its second attraction in Kansas City: the Legoland Discovery Center at Crown Center. The Kansas City Business Journal reports the 30,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in May 2012. [...]…

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Blount International Deal at KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre Considered Example of Unfair Competition

Blount International Deal at KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre Considered Example of Unfair Competition

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Big commercial real estate deals in the Kansas City International Airport area seem to be happening only to one side of Interstate 29. The Kansas City Star reports that private landlords were not as festive as [...]…

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AMC Entertainment Latest to Cross into Missouri as Border War Continues

AMC Entertainment Latest to Cross into Missouri as Border War Continues

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The border war continues and AMC Entertainment is the latest company that has decided to leave downtown Kansas City for Leawood. The Kansas City Star reports the movie theater giant will relocate its world headquarters to [...]…

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The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Announces ‘Big 5′ List

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Announces ‘Big 5′ List

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has announced the “Big 5” list of initiatives which will be the focus of the region in the coming years. Last spring the Greater KC Chamber compiled a total [...]…

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Burns & McDonnell Announces Expansion

Burns & McDonnell Announces Expansion

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Burns & McDonnell is expecting to add 1,000 jobs, including 500 in Kansas City, within three years. The engineering and architecture services company currently has over 3,000 employees nationwide, and 2,150 are Kansas City based. In order [...]…

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Controversial Country Club Plaza Office Project Relocated to Valencia II

Controversial Country Club Plaza Office Project Relocated to Valencia II

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The opponents of the Country Club Plaza office project have realized their objective as the developer has dropped the proposal for the controversial seven-story tower; therefore, the Neptune Apartments will survive. Kansas City Business Journal reports [...]…

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Whiterock REIT Buys U.S. Bank Operations Center in Overland Park

Whiterock REIT Buys U.S. Bank Operations Center in Overland Park

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The Toronto-based real estate investment trust Whiterock REIT has purchased the U.S. Bank operations center in Overland Park for $38 million, reports the Kansas City Business Journal. Whiterock will handle tenant management of the fully leased [...]…

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Revamped Plans for Historic Building and New Retirement Community Announced in Kansas City

Revamped Plans for Historic Building and New Retirement Community Announced in Kansas City

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The historic Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City building, located at 925 Grand Boulevard, will become a 306-room Embassy Suites hotel. The Kansas City Star reports that developer Jason Townsend has revised his original plan that [...]…

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