By Kevin Collison
The developers of Corrigan Station plan to break ground by December on an $11 million office building at 19th and Main streets along the streetcar route.
Jon Copaken of Copaken Brooks, co-developer of Corrigan Station, said final plans for the 25,000 square-foot, three-story building have been submitted to the city.
It would occupy a lot immediately west of the historic 10-story Corrigan Station redevelopment project that opened last December at 18th and Walnut.
“We’re working on leasing and hope we can break ground this year, we’re trying for a start in December,” Copaken said.
Copaken said the 110,000 square foot Corrigan Station property is occupied except for one floor. Major office tenants include WeWork, Holmes Murphy & Associates and Hollis + Miller. First floor retail tenants include the Roasterie and Corvino Supper Club.
That $41 million renovation project was the first new Class A office space to open downtown since the 1201 Walnut building in 1991.
The co-developer is Vince Bryant of 3D Development. Bryant also recently purchased the historic Kansas City Star building at 17th and Grand, and plans to redevelop that property into a potential premium office project.
The new phase-two Corrigan Station project will include limited covered parking for 19 cars. It’s located next to the Crossroads streetcar station.
Copaken said it should take about nine months to complete the new building, which currently is being called the 19th and Main building. It was designed by Helix Architecture + Design.
It’s time to gather as a community and make some decisions regarding how downtown KC develops, especially how the new buildings look. Ironic the same people who preserved one graceful old brick structure now intends to fabricate yet another modern-ish box structure. We are in danger of losing the sense of the place we have lived in for over 150 years. The new buildings downtown are faddish-looking, or worse, the Power and Light District, especially, they look like mall architecture.
While I agree that community input is good, the Crossroads is a mix of architectural and styles, not just brick. I’ve also heard some people talking negative about this addition because it’s not tall enough for such a high profile corner right on the streetcar route. But after a week of consideration, this addition has really grown on me. I like the modern style and the height makes sense because the developers don’t want to block views from the Corrigan Building – which is their “bread & butter.”
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