A cold February morning brought out an enthusiastic group of supporters of the growing East Village development in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, for a snow-covered ground-breaking ceremony. Attendees took refuge in J.E. Dunn’s new headquarters, which anchors the eight-block area bounded by Eighth, 12th, Charlotte, and Cherry streets on the City’s east side.
The area is being transformed into a mixed-use residential, office, and retail development. The GSA hopes to build a new 493,000-square-foot building that will serve as the centerpiece for the development.
Ground was broken for a new three-story, 340-car parking structure located on the corner of 10th and Cherry, which will serve the needs of East Village. GBA was selected by GF Properties, a subsidiary of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, to provide architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and traffic studies for the structure. According to GBA Project Manager Craig Rogge, AIA, “our goal in designing the parking garage has been to provide a safe, secure structure that will serve the growing area.” Because of the prominent location, landscape features are planned for the full length of the west elevation.
Ground was also broken for the 50-unit East Village Apartments. Swope Community Builders is the Master Developer of East Village.