Kansas City, Mo. – One of the last remaining visible impacts of the COVID pandemic is on the downtown Kansas City office space market.
More companies are looking to locate their offices in the city as office space vacancies continue to rise since the pandemic began.
Bringing workers back to the office and hiring new employees has started an amenity war to get the coolest features or close to new spaces like Great placewhich is going to the Kansas City Star building used for more than a century in Crossroads.
“What we’re finding now is that companies with strong leadership and a strong culture want a good environment to bring their people together and their people are also demanding,” said 3D Development Partner Erik Wullschleger, who is developing the historic building. .
That’s why he used hundreds of square meters inside the office space and the printing facility to create new office space, but also a restaurant, a rooftop area with a view of the city, and a public market to attract visitors every time.
“For us, it’s a 20,000-square-foot up-market building that’s not only great to grab lunch on a Tuesday but a place you want to bring friends and family on a Saturday,” Wullschleger said.
Here is a list of facilities that have health care companies Next Move, Inc. is excited about committing to 24,000 square feet in Grand Place, more than doubling their current office footprint which they are rapidly expanding.
“As we were thinking about our office needs, we were really looking for a space that we wanted to be in at the end of the day,” said Next Move, Inc. COO Clint Clevenger.
That’s why even though market studies show office space vacancies have continued to increase in the last two years, developers are still building more or spending money to renovate old spaces and make them fresh.
Businesses like Next Move, Inc. talk about cool features, amenities, and short walks to other cool activities that employees want today and that’s a useful way to attract new talent.
“We looked outside of downtown Kansas City and it took about five minutes before we realized this is where we want to be,” Clevenger said.
Construction on Grand Place is expected to begin soon with the first tenants moving in by mid-2023. That gives them plenty of time to finish the rest of the build for other city events like the 2026 World Cup and a potential city ballpark. , after the Royals announced they were looking for a new location for the baseball district and stadium.
The city’s business and city leaders are gathering on Wednesday for the KC City Center Conference where the theme is “Matter of Place.” FOX4 will be there and will follow a story about the ideas discussed there Wednesday evening.
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