June 29--The apartment, Whole Foods and student health center complex at 51st and Oak streets -- which still doesn't have an official name -- is said to be on schedule, and road interruptions on 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard are expected to end by Aug. 15.
Developer VanTrust Real Estate said Wednesday that sidewalk and parking lot work adjacent to the 51st Street Colonial Shops will continue in July. All shops are remaining open during the construction and pedestrian paths to the stores will be kept clear, according to project directors.
The block-long construction project between Oak Street and Brookside, announced in 2012, took years to work through discussions with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Central United Methodist Church, City Hall, neighbors and Kansas City Young Matrons before it broke ground in June 2015.
It now aims for project completion in late summer 2017.
Construction required moving the Young Matrons clubhouse from 51st and Oak to a new location at 52nd and Cherry streets, about two-and-a-half blocks away from the original site. The relocated and expanded clubhouse is now open.
Leah FitzGerald, development services director at VanTrust, said renderings of the project are being shown to neighborhood groups and that the developer expects to announce a project name "very soon."
The complex includes a Whole Foods grocery, a 170-unit apartment structure, a student health center and a parking garage on the 2.84-acre site. When completed, UMKC will relocate its current student health center from 4825 Troost to the new location.
The complex is designed to include six levels of apartments, a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units, and a six-level parking garage with 445 spaces.
Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford
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