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909 Walnut Tower renovation

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909 Walnut, originally 911 Walnut but the address was changed because of 9/11. This 35 floor building will become Missouri's tallest residential tower when renovation is completed.

It's twin towers, plus their tiny spires knock the height up to 141.7m

The first few floors will be retail and a little office space.

It is planned to open in Spring of 2005.

I have construction photos here taken by another KC forumer.

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Lastly here is a photo of which I took recently:

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That's an incredible looking building. Excellent choice of a tower to referb to Condos!

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Looks great! I can't wait to see it once it's finished! :)

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Fidelity Bank developer sees occupancy by June 2005

A developer of the former Fidelity Bank & Trust building at 909 Walnut St. said Tuesday that he expects the first residential tenants in the converted office tower to move in as soon as June 2005.

 

Glenn Solomon, a principal with Simbol Commercial in Dallas, said he's encouraged by interest in the renovation. The 35-story structure is to contain 179 rental apartments and two penthouse condominiums, along with offices and commercial space.

The building's owner, 909 Walnut Management LLC, is controlled by Simbol and Housing Horizons LLC, a unit of Kimberly-Clark Corp. of Dallas.

Plans call for the $61 million renovation to be supported by tax increment financing that will pay for a parking garage containing about 325 spaces on the building's south side. A TIF plan worth about $8 million is to be considered Wednesday by the Kansas City Council's Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee.

The city would issue bonds to finance the garage, to be owned by 909 Walnut Management. The bonds would be repaid with sales and other economic activity taxes.

Last year, the City Council approved a 25-year property tax abatement for the project.

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New photo:

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Lights have been seen on inside during the night now, lights haven't been seen on inside the building for years.

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official "groundbreaking" set for tomorrow:

Groundbreaking at 909 Walnut is set for Wednesday

Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes and City Council members will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the $61 million residential conversion of the former Fidelity Bank & Trust building at 909 Walnut St.

 

The 35-story structure, to become the tallest apartment house in Missouri, is to contain 177 rental units, two penthouse condominiums and 70,000 square feet of office space.

Occupancy is to begin in the spring of 2005.

A 350-space parking garage is to be built on the building's south side. The building at 929 Walnut St. also will be renovated.

Property taxes on the property's increased value will be abated for 25 years.

The project also is supported by tax increment financing that will divert sales and other economic activity taxes to offset the cost of building the $8 million garage.

The buildings' owner, 909 Walnut Management LLC, is controlled by Simbol Commercial and Housing Horizons LLC, a unit of Kimberly-Clark Corp., both of Dallas.

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The only thing that worries me is that a division of Kimberly Clark controls the building. They're the ones that decided they could not fix up the Book Cadillac in Detroit & left it to rot away once again...after they had already started work on the building! Hopefully KC has much better luck with Kimberly Clark than Detroit did. This looks like an awesome project, and it's great to see it moving forward.

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