UMKC Releases Downtown Arts Campus Studies

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced it has narrowed down the search for the future location of the Downtown Campus for the Arts to three potential sites. As previously reported by Commercial Property Executive, the planned downtown art campus, which is set to feature in the first stage a new [...]

The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced it has narrowed down the search for the future location of the Downtown Campus for the Arts to three potential sites.

As previously reported by Commercial Property Executive, the planned downtown art campus, which is set to feature in the first stage a new UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, was proposed in the Big 5 Ideas of the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The university has commissioned a series of studies, including a study of potential sites and costs, prepared by Integra Realty Resources, Helix Architecture + Design and HGA Architects and Engineers; an economic impact study carried out by the Mid-America Regional Council as well as an internal UMKC analysis on the impact of relocating the arts program to downtown. As a result of these studies the university has identified the Barney Allis Plaza, Crossroads/Kauffman East and Crossroads/Kauffman Southwest as the three possible sites for the new campus.

According to the plans, the second phase of the project would be the phased move of the UMKC Theatre and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, followed by KCUR Radio and the UMKC Departments of Art & Art History, Communication Studies, and Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.

The project would be phased over a period of 20+ years and, according to the studies, at a cost ranging between $152 million and $272 million. The economic impact study forecasted between $375 million and $442 million in increased Gross Domestic Output over 25 years, compared to what would occur without the creation of the campus.

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