Uptown Lofts a Transformational ‘Valentine’ to Midtown

The Uptown Lofts project will transform the troubled block across from the (foreground) Uptown Theater (Image from TreanorHL)

Editor’s Note: Sunflower Development Group announced today (July 30) it has closed on its private financing and plans to begin construction next week on the Uptown Lofts mixed-use project with an expected completion in summer 2021.

Mutual of Omaha Bank with participation from Capital Federal Savings has provided the financing for the project, according to Sunflower. The developer also is moving forward with a planned hotel at the corner of Broadway and Valentine. 

By Kevin Collison

Construction on the $45 million Uptown Lofts project is scheduled to begin late next spring, a development that’s expected to transform the struggling corner of Valentine Road and Broadway into a neighborhood asset.

The project being developed by Sunflower Development Group, a big downtown developer, was granted a 25-year property tax abatement last week by the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, the last public step required before construction.

It already has been approved at City Hall.

Besides providing 223 units of market-rate housing, the development will help solve two long-time problems in the area. It will replace the underperforming Uptown Shoppes retail strip and provide 380 parking spaces to the Uptown Theater across the street.

The Uptown Lofts project will replace the existing Uptown Shoppes retail center at the corner.

For years, residents of the Valentine neighborhood to the west have complained about the lack of parking at the Uptown Theater, forcing patrons to park on their residential streets.

The development plan calls for 47,720 square-feet of existing retail to be renovated with an additional 4,680 square-feet of new commercial space built. Much of the renovated retail space will be used as a clubhouse and other amenities for apartment residents.

The ground floor will include the retail/amenity space and parking. Two levels of parking built above it for a total of 789 spaces. The apartment floors will be on levels four through seven. TreanorHL is the architect.

The Uptown Lofts redevelopment long-range plan also calls for building a 92-room boutique hotel at the corner of Broadway and Valentine, but no project is currently in the works.

In a nod to the Valentine neighborhood, the taller portion of the Uptown Lofts development will be on the north and east sides of the property. A swimming pool and patio for residents will be above the garage on the west side.

View of the Uptown Lofts from Broadway. (Image from TreanorHL)

The apartment mix will be 90 studio units, 88 one-bedroom and 45 two-bedroom. Monthly rents for studios will be $854; one-bedrooms range from $935- to $1,341, and two-bedrooms will go from $1,604- to $1,713 per month.

The Uptown Lofts will be close to other significant apartment developments in recent years including the Ambassador next door at the corner of Broadway and Knickerbocker Place and the Valentine immediately south of the Uptown Theater on Broadway.

It’s also a few blocks from a redevelopment project at 39th and Main that’s renovating the historic Netherlands Hotel and Monarch Storage building into 144 apartments.

The PIEA board approved a full property tax abatement for the Uptown Lofts project, 10 years at 100 percent and 15 years at 50 percent. The city also is providing incentives including the remaining existing revenues from the Uptown Community Improvement District and the city’s share of the Hotel-Motel tax.

The lower section of the Uptown Lofts project will face the Valentine neighborhood. (Image from TreanorHL)
Uptown Lofts amenities include a rooftop pool and patio above the garage. (Image from TreanorHL)

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  1. “The ground floor will include the retail/amenity space and parking. Two levels of parking built above it for a total of 789 spaces. The apartment floors will be on levels four through seven. ”

    So this is mostly a new parking garage then.

    Also, can we please have the building front Broadway and have the parking in the back? This is exactly the *opposite* of how it should be.

    I currently go to the Gym KC at that location. Hopefully they can stay. They are by far the best gym option in the area.

    • Over 200 apartments will be built above the 3 story parking garage. Seems like a good answer to residents, shoppers and theater patrons at that location.

      There are plans for a hotel facing Broadway and Valentine that should present some mass at the intersection.

      Didn’t you read the article?

  2. Why are they not putting the building’s frontage at the lot line/sidewalk and hiding the hideous lot/garage in the back? Kansas City never learns its lessons. You have a chance to tie into the buildings across both streets to create, as Jane Jacob’s called it, an “outdoor room,” and a coziness that affects. Now it will remain just an empty void of an intersection at that side, just like it is now, and like so many others in KC. Uhg.

    • Please read the article, your comments are addressed in it.

      The garage will occupy the same area as the garage currently located at Valentine & Washington. A 7 story building at the intersection would dwarf buildings around it – The writer’s place and neighborhood housing. etc.

      • ” 7 story building at the intersection would dwarf buildings around it”

        So what. That’s how cities go. I’d rather have the congruence in building heights than an empty void surface parking lot that makes that corner feel empty.

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