High-Rise Apartment and Hotel Development Proposed Near Kauffman Center

The Mashburn Development plan calls for a hotel, lower right corner, and two apartment buildings along Broadway. (Image by Clockwork architecture)

By Kevin Collison

An ambitious $100 million redevelopment plan that calls for three high-rise apartment and hotel buildings to be built across Broadway from the Kauffman Center is being pursued by Mashburn Development.

The proposal calls for two residential buildings, one seven stories, the other 12 stories, totaling 220 units, and a 12-story hotel with 220 rooms to be built at 1650 Broadway. A parking garage would be located beneath one of the buildings

If successful, the project would be the largest economic development spinoff near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Center since it opened in 2011.

A plan to build a UMKC Downtown Conservatory south of the Kauffman collapsed two years ago, and the proposed Hotel Bravo! luxury hotel east of the performing arts center is facing an uphill battle at City Hall.

Mashburn Development is operated by Dave Mashburn, who’s previous experience includes senior development positions for Bass Pro and John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts in Springfield. He now lives in Lee’s Summit.

A preliminary rendering of the apartment and hotel development proposed by Mashburn Development at 1650 Broadway. (Image from Clockwork architecture)

The proposed development is in a federal opportunity zone, a new program that provides significant federal tax breaks to investors. Mashburn said it could be a useful tool in helping finance the project.

“It provides an increased level of investor interest,” he said. “There’s a lot of individuals and big funds focused on the opportunity zone program.”

Clockwork architecture has been spearheading the development plan at 1650 Broadway for two years. Christian Arnold, a principal with the firm, said officials at the Kauffman Center support the proposal.

“They were excited to see such high-quality development on that side of Broadway,” Arnold said.

“Obviously, this is a big attraction in Kansas City and to capitalize on the public investment there by creating more density to go along with the convention hotel is good.”

Clockwork is an architectural firm based in the River Market that’s designed such notable downtown buildings as the Second and Delaware apartment project now underway, and the renovation of the Lead Bank building at 1801 Main.

The preliminary site plan for the proposed Mashburn project includes a pocket park. The entrance would be off Broadway. (Site plan by Clockwork architecture)

Arnold, who also is serving as Mashburn’s spokesperson, said the developer is seeking an operator or flag for the proposed hotel and is vetting potential developers for the multi-family component of the redevelopment plan.

If successful, construction would start sometime in 2020.

The three buildings, totaling 311,500 square feet, are proposed for a tight, 1.3-acre  development site currently occupied by a Concentra Urgent Care facility.

It would dramatically change the feel along the west edge of Broadway which is currently mostly one- and two-story industrial-style buildings.

Arnold said the location is ideal for a taller residential and hotel development. He also said the project is outside the height restriction zone established for the viewshed south of the Kauffman Center.

A preliminary rendering how the interior of the Clockwork development would appear from across Broadway. (Image by Clockwork architecture)

“The views are unparalleled with the skyline and the West Bottoms,” he said.

The Clockwork site also is amid the so-called “Denny’s” development site on the west side of Broadway controlled by Copaken Brooks.

Copaken Brooks, a big downtown developer, has long considered that location, named for the restaurant currently there, for a potential major office-oriented project.

A preliminary planning document filed with the City Planning Department indicated the developer would be seeking incentives for the project. The project is being reviewed currently by the the Kansas City Economic Development Corp.

The proposed Mashburn development would replace this building housing Concentra Urgent Care at 1650 Broadway.
The development would be located across Broadway from the Kauffman Center. The boundaries of the plan also extend west to Washington Street. (Map from Clockwork architecture)

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  1. “He also said the project is outside the height restriction zone established for the viewshed south of the Kauffman Center.”

    there are height restrictions to the west as well which this would violate. Not sure why the city would agree to this and hide the Kaufmann center, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, behind an apartment complex.

    there is already an approved height requirements in the greater downtown area plan which limits this site to 55 feet. Not sure why they can’t stick to this height at this location. there is plenty of land in KC to build high that doesn’t obstruct the view to our cities landmark. Copaken rendering for this site is in align with the greater area downtown plan.

  2. Height restrictions aside, would it really be blocking anything? A dozen houses in westside, a little bit from i35, which would maybe help people focus on driving!

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