Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TKC TOY TRAIN STREETCAR SCHEME FIRST LOOK!!! KANSAS CITY BERKLEY RIVERFRONT PARK REAL ESTATE BOOM OR BUST?!?!



Right now Kansas City Berkley Riverfront Park is best known for hosting a few festivals every year but mostly hobos and women who have been tragically murdered. Meanwhile, developers are launching an upcoming celebration which hopes to turn the place into another upscale enclave with support from the toy train streetcar.

Amid all of the hype, it's ultimately taxpayers on the hook for posh new development plan that put a priority on real estate development over more pressing needs for Kansas City.



Whilst the streetcar route to Berkley RiverFront Park is literally a train to nowhere at this point, here's the local developer plan to change all of that into another upscale destination along the streetcar route.



The question that this grand scheme elicits: 

DOES KANSAS CITY NEED MORE TAXPAYER FUNDED LUXURY LIVING SPACE NEAR DOWNTOWN OR IS THIS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CORPORATE WELFARE?!?

Comment from our blog community and real talk regarding the putrid smell of increasing pollution down by the river:

"And those luxury apartments will enjoy the smell of dead fish in the Missouri River on a hot summer night!"

Special thanks to AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS who sent this ongoing bit of hype and real estate speculation at a time when Kansas City is coping with a murder spike, busted infrastructure and continued debate over the taxpayer subsidized development agenda at City Hall without the consent of voters.

Checkit:

Berkley Riverfront Brand Launch Events Announced

Unveiling Vision for Largest Downtown Masterplan Scheduled

(Kansas City, MO.) – Port KC, owners and master developer of Berkley Riverfront, the gateway to Kansas City from the north, is unveiling its vision for the largest downtown masterplan taking place in Kansas City as well as the new brand image created for this world-class riverfront urban village that will encompass offices, residential and retail space.

Media representatives, developers and the public are invited to join the Port KC team at one of two events being held on Wednesday, June 28. The first event will be under the Berkley Riverfront tent at Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park at 1123 Walnut St between Noon and 1:00 p.m. The new brand and animated rendering of the 80-acre Berkley Riverfront will be unveiled at that time. This will be a visual feast that showcases the unique riverfront destination and amenities attracting people from diverse backgrounds to live, work and play. The Port KC team will be there to answer questions, and live entertainment and branded items will be available to the public. Included in this mailing is a flash drive that shows a sneak peek of the development.

The public, neighborhood groups and developers are invited to Berkley Riverfront, located at 1298 Riverfront Road, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Port KC team members will be on hand to share in the excitement and talk about all the activities, events and development taking place at the riverfront. Poppy’s Ice Cream Truck will be on hand to serve complimentary treats. A free Riverfront Fitness class led by WebFit will be in session during the event and is open to everyone. Dogs are welcome at the party. Bar K will provide special treats and a splash pool for all four-legged guests. The KC Crew summer league will be playing on the popular sand volleyball courts on the east end of the park as well.

“This one-of-a-kind venue gives visitors an unparalleled park experience within a natural escape only moments from the hustle of the city with 17 acres of scenic riverside greenspace,” stated Michael Collins, President & CEO of Port KC. “It is a lively urban oasis that is stimulating one of the largest economic growth developments in the city, which will improve our quality of life.”

The new Berkley Riverfront brand exemplifies Port KC’s commitment to making this unprecedented 80-acre development site a true destination for riverfront experiences unlike anything Kansas Citians have ever seen. Berkley Riverfront currently provides accessible amenities that include walking, biking, fitness classes, volleyball leagues, marque events such as KC Riverfest, Kansas City PrideFest, Riverfront Fitness, KC Nanobrew Festival and more. A streetcar feasibility study is currently underway to look at viable routes to the riverfront. Extending the popular KC Streetcar line to the riverfront would further connect Kansas City and allow greater accessibility for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy the riverfront.

Berkley Riverfront will soon be home to Union, a mixed-use project currently under construction, featuring 410 luxury apartment units, structured parking and 12,000 square feet of retail space spanning over six acres. The community, which is scheduled to open in summer 2018 will be pet-friendly and offer amenities for residents who are active or just want to relax. Some of those amenities include a resort-style pool with sundeck, sky bar with views of downtown Kansas City and the river, gaming lounge, fitness club, indoor/outdoor yoga and Pilates studios, pet wash and bicycle bar.

Bar K, a unique dog park at Berkley Riverfront near the Heart of America Bridge, plans a grand opening in the early 2018. The two -acre off-leash park has separate large and small dog areas supervised by trained staff members. Bar K will feature a bar and restaurant built out of repurposed shipping containers. The restaurant will offer a “healthy casual” menu for humans and dogs alike! There is indoor seating for humans only and an outdoor rooftop terrace for humans and canines, as well as a banquet room for meetings and events.
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29 Comments:

Anonymous said...

As long as the developers keep getting rich from one bad idea after the next, everyone loves city hall.

LSG said...

Rotten fish is being nice. Come high tide, the entire river front smells like a toxic waste dump. That's certainly worth $2200 a month rent.

Anonymous said...

So there goes all of of that Go bond money.

And a lot of the e-tax.

Right into the pocket of people who make timely campaign donations, the only investment in KC Mo that really pays off over the long run.

Anonymous said...

The illustration shows both a bus and a streetcar on the same route. So if a bus if traveling on that street, why do we need to duplicate that with an expensive streetcar?

Anonymous said...

1:28, now how dem gated golf McManshuns gonna get bilt fer dem beeyoutifil grown preyevut skool trust fundz kidz of dem lawyerz bankerz and chamberz commerse frends if dat TooT LooT munny stopz???!!!

Anonymous said...

1:28: The bus is there for when the toot toot malfunctions. Fixed rail is just so inflexible!

Anonymous said...

Sounds nice, guys. A good way to start reclaiming the riverfront.

What's up your collective asses?

Anonymous said...

That they can't be a part of it.

Anonymous said...

Or that we are suffering a historic spike in crime and decaying infrastructure while Mayor Bullhorn literally does nothing but champion the grift. ;)

Retro ROCKER said...

A BUSINESS Park And A few Resturents and live music it may work THE millennials don't like working on College BLVD IN JO...IT'S BETTER TO HAVE THE DOWNTOWN TRAIN GO TO BERKELEY PARK THEN TO THE PLAZA.

Retro ROCKER said...

Will I see you tonight on a downtown train,

Anonymous said...

it sounds cool. it might work.

kc is attracting a lot of smart young people.

sure, it's a risk, but there's a lot of momentum feeding on itself.








Anonymous said...

Is this what a bubble looks like?

Anonymous said...

Cool. The riverfront is way under-utilized.

Anonymous said...

kc is attracting a lot of smart young people. @ 4:40 PM


LMAO

Anonymous said...

KC is becoming an idiot magnet.

Anonymous said...

TIF Land.

Anonymous said...

Trolleytown USA!

Alll Aboard!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The site of Berkley Park is a toxic waste dump. And across the river is a very smelly plant that burps up the most disgusting smells. Just wait until the wind shifts and everyone will be gagging.

Anonymous said...

^^^ THIS.

agentzero said...

Another unaccountable black box of pork,why not finish doing downtown right

agentzero said...

This kind of crap will go on until the Rockhurst mafia get politically checked. Sloppy waste masquerading as vision, but they got caught setting the fix for their boys. Watch Sly on video, looks exactly like a frontman getting caught while setting the fix.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to live by a smelly river with a wonderful view of the industrial area of North Kansas City. This fad will fizzle like last years fireworks and then who will live in those high rent ugly places?

Anonymous said...

8:21--They want to live with all the cool smart young MOMENTUM feeders like ^^4:40^^!!!

Anonymous said...

its kind of a shitty river. why would anybody in their right mind want to live or hang out close to it?

Anonymous said...

Great!! Another free park-n-ride lot coming soon. Maybe people can go park there instead of in the River Market and ride the free streetcar to work. Then those of us who work i the river market will have a place to park.

tracy thomas said...

Amen, 10:09! But really, it will all be metered soon enuf.
The river there moves too fast --current--to launch a boat there. Will never change. But the millenials can look out their windows and watch it. Then do a 180 and watch their electronic fake fireplace on their big screen TV.
Of course they will all be white, who would never ride a bus, so the developers will kidnap three hobos and register them to vote in the next TDD request-a-ballot district. That streetcar extension will pass, 3 to 0!!!

Until Rex Sinquefield and others mount the campaign in Jeff City to eliminate the voter suppression TDD options, every future tax increase will have some form of transit thrown in, to create these mini-districts. Coming soon: bike paths down Ward Parkway!

Anonymous said...

Yikes, Tracy just needs to finish his sex change operation already and get rid of that awful red wig and awful glasses.

And fuck Rex S. the dude has four houses and could give a shit about the rest of us.

Tracy Thomas said...

Haters. What have you done to stop the madness? At least Rex puts his money where his mouth is. And Tony works night and day to keep us informed. What have YOU done, Anonymous?