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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:25 AM   #281
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So I know there was some talk of trying to woo an NHL or NBA team for the Sprint Center. What's the deal with that?
AEG is building an Arena in LV now so it looks like they are trying to position themselves to get an NHL team here but as of right now we dont have either.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #282
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AEG is building an Arena in LV now so it looks like they are trying to position themselves to get an NHL team here but as of right now we dont have either.
I'm sorry, I don't know what AEG or LV stand for.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #283
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I'm sorry, I don't know what AEG or LV stand for.
AEG is the group managing the arena and LV is Las Vegas.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 09:08 AM   #284
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Kansas Speedway and the Cordish Co. are proposing a $600 million casino, hotel, retail and entertainment project to be built on property owned by the speedway in Wyandotte County, in Kansas City, Kan.

The Baltimore developer and Kansas Speedway submitted one of six multimillion-dollar proposals for a destination casino offered to Wyandotte County officials Sept. 24.

The speedway was the catalyst for new development in western Kansas City, including the Village West entertainment and retail area and the Legends at Village West shopping center. Cordish operates the $850 million Power & Light District entertainment project in Kansas City.

The spark for these projects was the Kansas Legislature approving expanded gambling in March, but the constitutionality of the statute is still in question. Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison filed an action with the state Supreme Court to rule on the issue, but the court has said the action must first be heard in Shawnee County District Court.

The statute allows for groups to build and manage state-owned destination casinos in four locations if county voters approve it, which Wyandotte County voters did in June.

International Speedway Corp. (NASDAQ: ISCA), parent company of Kansas Speedway, is also working with the Cordish Company to develop a retail, entertainment, office and hotel project in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In a statement, Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger said the project would provide additional jobs and make the Kansas City area a top tourist destination by integrating Village West and Kansas Speedway.

"This connection between the speedway and the hotel casino attraction could establish our area as one of the major sports and leisure destinations in the country," he said.

The Kansas City Business Journal, a Baltimore Business Journal sister paper, contributed to this report.

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore...4/daily12.html

Six multimillion-dollar proposals for a Wyandotte County destination casino were turned in Monday.

Few details were revealed, but the largest cost quoted so far is $600 million for a proposal by Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Co., developer of downtown Kansas City's $850 million Power & Light District.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., had expected as many as a dozen proposals, but CEO/Mayor Joe Reardon emphasized Monday that he was "extremely pleased" with the interest level.

Wyandotte County cities agreed in June to share revenue from a casino and set standards for the project, including a minimum investment of $300 million.

Five developers turned in the following six proposals:

A project by the Kickapoo Tribe and Sac and Fox Nation at 118th Street and State Avenue. The tribe has attempted to build a casino in the area for years and in 2005 bought 80 acres northwest of Kansas Speedway.
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.'s first proposal is for 60 acres southeast of Interstate 435 and Parallel Parkway, adjacent to the planned $750 million Schlitterbahn Vacation Village water park. The second possible site is a 50-acre parcel northeast of the future I-435 interchange and Donahoo Road. Both proposals would be "substantially in excess" of the $300 million minimum. They would include a 100,000-square-foot casino, a 500-room hotel, restaurants, lounges and retail. The developer's plans also include a performance stage, nightclub, full-service spa and salon, and 100,000-square-foot convention center with a 50,000-square-foot live concert space. If near the water park, the complex would combine with the park. The Las Vegas company is developing two multimillion-dollar casinos in St. Louis.
Kansas Speedway and The Cordish Co. plan a $600 million casino and hotel with retail and entertainment outlets at 109th Street and Village West Parkway, near Turn 2 of the racetrack.
A combination of The Legends at Village West developer RED Development LLC, Olympia Gaming LLC and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority proposed a casino, luxury hotel, convention and conference facility, and lifestyle retail center. It would be near The Legends shopping center, along 110th Street. Olympia is developing a $500 million casino at another RED project in Sparks, Nev., The Legends at Sparks Marina.
Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of the Venetian casino in Las Vegas, proposed a project at 107th Street and Leavenworth Road, near the northwest corner of the I-435 and Leavenworth interchange.
The spark for these projects was the Kansas Legislature approving expanded gambling in March, but the constitutionality of the statute is still in question. Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison filed an action with the state Supreme Court to rule on the issue, but the court has said the action must first be heard in Shawnee County District Court.

The statute allows for groups to build and manage state-owned destination casinos in four locations if county voters approve it, which Wyandotte County voters did in June.

Sedgwick County voters in August turned down casino gambling. It was approved in Sumner County and several groups are considering plans for casinos about 30 minutes south of Wichita.

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascit...4/daily10.html
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In two years, a patch of grassy hills in view of Kansas Speedway will have been replaced with the first phase of a $750 million water park and resort.

At a groundbreaking Tuesday for Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, Schlitterbahn Resorts Worldwide Inc. representatives; Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., CEO and Mayor Joe Reardon; and other players scooped the first dirt with wooden shovels.

In its first venture outside Texas, Schlitterbahn is bringing to Kansas "the largest and most elaborate entertainment destination in history," Schlitterbahn CEO David Beardsley said.

The 376-acre project's first portion, the 40-acre Schlitterbahn Water Resort, will open in summer 2009 and include the water park, several lodging components, and shops and restaurants.

Additional components will open through the summer of 2011, when the project will offer an enclosed climate-controlled area for year-round operation, more than 750,000 square feet of retail and more than 1,500 lodging units.

The project will have a covered riverwalk with retail and entertainment around it, and more than four miles of interconnected waterways.

"This is the start of a new chapter in the life of this community," Reardon said, highlighting anticipated economic growth and new jobs. "This will lift up the entire county as a destination spot."

The construction manager is Turner Construction Co./Kansas City, which also managed construction for Village West and Kansas Speedway. Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. is the architect of record.

Beardsley also announced that Schlitterbahn has brought on a new partner, New York City-based Extell Development Co., which offers industry and financing experience.

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/o...7/daily19.html
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Old September 27th, 2007, 03:28 AM   #286
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Thanks for posting the articles, NPRG. I was just at the Village West area today doing some shopping and saw all the Nascar trailers there for the race this weekend. I can't wait for the casino and Schlitterbahn to open. Those 2 developments will REALLY boost the tourism in the area. It's funny to think of western Wyandotte Co. as being a tourist destination...when 8 years ago in the same spot there was nothing out there.

Also, the Sprint Center is just about finished. The first event is an Elton John concert on Oct. 13th.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #287
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Old October 10th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #288
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Old November 18th, 2007, 08:07 AM   #289
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nice view, k.c. VERY nice!!
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Old November 18th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #290
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It took me about 5 seconds to figure out which city this was, because I really paid no attention to the skyline. First thing I noticed was what appears to be a Great Lake in the background. Of course I know those are just trees after looking longer, but a quick glimpse and it looks like water. Does anyone else see what I see?
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Old November 18th, 2007, 05:05 PM   #291
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Nice, glad to see we finally have one up there.

Some new development news:
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Kansas City will be getting a new $245 million bridge, starting in the Spring of 2008. The new bridge will be cable-stayed and the tower is supposed to reach 300ft in height. It will replace the aging Paseo Bridge, which has been spanning the Missouri river for 50 years.

The bridge will initially be 6 lanes with one auxiliary lane to accomodate over 100,000 cars that will be travelling over it each day. The bridge can also be expanded to 8 lanes (with 1 auxilary lane) in the future with a bike/pedestrian lane.



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Old November 18th, 2007, 07:53 PM   #292
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I can see where you are coming from with the back ground being hazy enough to seem like an expanse of water.

Cool to see KC getting a banner.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #293
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 08:45 AM   #294
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In KC for the holiday and the P & L District and arena are mostly complete.
The rest of the retail is being completed on the interiors. There is also a rumor that The House of Blues will take over the restored Midland Theater, a grand showcase for live music.

Here are few before and afters from the district, the difference is truly remarkable.





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Old December 2nd, 2007, 11:25 PM   #295
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Very nice arena!
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Old December 4th, 2007, 04:39 AM   #296
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Downtown Development Report - Fall 2007

http://www.downtownkc.org/content.as...76&exCompID=82

Projects Completed since 2000
# of Projects 51
Total Investment Value $3,503,795,000
Office Sq Ft 2,731,700
Housing Units 3,954
Hotel Rooms 624
Retail Sq Ft 84,200
Museum/Arts Sq Ft 265,652
Parking Spaces 4,302

Projects/Underway
# of Projects 13
Total Investment Value $1,092,100,000
Office Sq Ft 1,400,000
Housing Units 293
Hotel Rooms 994
Retail Sq Ft 450,000
Museum/Arts Sq Ft 360,000
Parking Spaces 2,090

Projects/Planned
# of Projects 12
Total Investment Value $2,338,550,000
Office Sq Ft 515,000
Housing Units 3,073
Hotel Rooms 1,600
Retail Sq Ft 80,000
Museum/Arts Sq Ft 36,000
Parking Spaces 3,560

Other Statistics Complete/On the Way
New Retail & Restaurants since June 2005 - 58
Art Galleries - 61
New or Renovated Corporate headquarters - 10
New or Renovated Theaters - 5
Bridges Improved & Enhanced - 8

To put in perspective, KC is on a path to hit over $7B in development from 2000-2010.
Denver is at $6B since 1990.

http://www.downtowndenver.com/Econom...evelopment.htm
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KC's new (completed) Power & Light District photos from KC Grid's album (kcphotos.com)



































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Awesome pix!!
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looks super!!
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Update: the new Federal Reserve Bank is completed.
Here are photos by KCGridlock.








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