Apartments, retail, hotel coming to Kansas City River Market area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of apartments, retail space and even a hotel are coming to the River Market area.

President of the Kansas City Port Authority Michael Collins believes the time is now to develop these 45 acres.

"We see that as an opportunity," he said.

Collins said it's an opportunity to bring more people to the area to not just shop, but live. Between 200 and 300 housing units will be built initially, in buildings that could go up as high as five stories.

"We want people to walk, ride their bike, bring their kids, walk their dogs down here because at some point we want them to live here," Collins said.

And the development won't stop there.

"We are looking to do additional development there that could also include a hotel," he said.

The Port Authority will meet with Isle of Capri officials next week to get started on planning the hotel. There is no date set yet on when construction on the housing or retail could begin.

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