The City of Kansas City, Mo. was one of the winners of the 2019 Capstone Award, presented by the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ). Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department (NHSD) Director and Assistant City Manager John A. Wood accepted the award for the Linwood Shopping Center redevelopment project. According to the KCBJ, the Capstone Award highlights the best projects completed in the Kansas City metropolitan area and are evidence of the strength of the Kansas City area’s real estate market.
“The area lacked a full service, quality grocer for more than a decade and the center had become a major source of blight in the area,” Wood said. “No one stepped up until the City brought two interested developers together who jointly worked on redeveloping the center.”
The City acquired the site, funded the old store’s demolition, rebuilt the store and remodeled the retail facade, spaces and parking lot in 15 months. Wood said it is a perfect example of how a public/private partnership should work.
More than 100 projects were submitted for Capstone Award consideration, but only 25 were chosen. Awards were given in nine different categories including architectural design, adaptive re-use and mixed-use. Linwood Shopping Center won in the ‘Community Impact’ category. The five judge panel also presented a special award to the developers of Hy-Vee (the former Kemper) Arena. Each project had to be move-in ready by the end of 2018 to be eligible for award consideration.
Capstone winners were honored during an awards reception inside the ballroom of the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza.