Midtown Kansas City’s expansion of their streetcar line prompts Main Street development, bringing new opportunities to the Broadway Gillham neighborhood. Following the proposed extension of the Main Street streetcar line, FFV Partnership contracted b+a architecture to develop a mixed-use residential and retail building whose presence would replace a long-vacant eyesore and bring much-needed quality housing and employment opportunities to the Midtown Kansas City neighborhood of Broadway Gillham.
Rapid Growth Presented An Opportunity
The neighborhood is in an area currently experiencing rapid growth, with a youthful demographic and easy access to shopping and entertainment destinations. Apartments and housing in the neighborhood are typically lower cost than other KC locales, so the new units had to be within a range that was viable for the local population yet attractive and progressive enough to attract an influx of new residents.
A seven-story mixed-use residential/retail building with ample space for parking, a fitness center, a multipurpose room, and a large common courtyard/green space.
The building would offer 83 apartments, which would include 59 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom units. The main floor would be reserved for 7,100 square feet of retail/restaurant space that would not only offer convenience for the residents but would encourage neighborhood foot traffic and bring an influx of revenue to the building. Parking for resident vehicles is provided on-site in a second-floor garage, which will also accommodate 30 bicycles, a bike repair shop, and an 18-bike hanger-rack storage. Additional parking is provided on-grade for the retail area.