It’s no secret Kansas City is evolving. Last year the KC Streetcar had its 2 millionth rider; the apartment boom brought the construction of Two Light and opening of East 9 apartment buildings; we saw the sale of the KC Star Headquarters; and, of course, many new bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Momentum hasn’t slowed.

Here’s what’s in store for downtown KC this year:

One Light plus Two Light equals Three Light: A third Cordish Co. apartment tower may bring 300 new units to the northeast corner of Truman Road and Main Street. If approved by the City Council, Three Light construction is expected to begin later this year with competition early 2021.

Constructing the Convention Hotel: Now that all the bonds were sold, construction of the Loews Kansas City Convention Hotel can begin later this month. This $322.7 million hotel will add 800 new guest rooms to downtown and make KC more competitive in the convention market. If all goes as planned guest will start checking in by March 2020.

New Class-A office space proposal(s): HR Block is partnering with Copaken Brooks and Cordish Co. to propose a new downtown office construction southwest of Main and 13th, above Yard House and other Power & Light tenants. One of the takeaways from Downtown Council’s office summit was downtown KC needs more office space to accommodate employers who will bring more young professionals to the city.

Saying goodbye to the North Loop freeway: BikeWalkKC is currently studying, “several potential alternatives for the future of the Buck O’Neil (formerly the Broadway Bridge), the north leg of the Downtown KCMO freeway loop, and the elevated I-70 lanes into Downtown KCK.” Their goal is to bring the national trend of urban freeway removal to Kansas City in order to support walkability, development potential, and the Catalytic Trail Project. Read more, here.

Three new tenants for P&L (at least): Of course, the new year will bring more bars and eateries to downtown KC. Next month Joe’s Kansas City’s is opening their new restaurant concept, County Line Ice House, where Gordon Biersch used to be. By March, locally owned Meshuggah Bagels plans to open up in One Light’s retail space. And in June, work off those bagels at Power Life Yoga, coming soon to Two Light.

More music. Last but not least, don’t forget to check out all the artists who will be visiting Kansas City in the new year. Including: Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Glen Hansard, Shania Twain, and more.

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