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Developer shares plans for historic 1911 KC Star building

Posted: 1:24 PM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-27 14:24:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The old Kansas City Star Building is being reimagined.

The building at 17th and Grand was constructed in 1911 and continues to stand strong.

The city unanimously approved a developer agreement with 3D Development to redesign the space.

Developers said they’re going to restore it to its original 1911 designs.

Click here to see renderings of the redeveloped building.

Highline Partners is on the development team. Highline Principal Brett Posten said there will be office space, a food hall, a specialty market in the building, along with some other things up their sleeves they haven’t announced yet.

Posten said they’ve uncovered a valuable piece of history.

“We feel like it's a tremendous honor and a responsibility because it's a gem architecturally and for all the story and history of KC and we couldn't be more proud and also feel the responsibility,” Posten said.

Developers said they see 18th and Grand as a really important gateway, all the way to 18th and Vine.

“In many ways, we want to see this building connect the west and east side along the 18th Street corridor and we're really excited about that,” Posten said.

Posten said they’ve been finding unique pieces of history throughout the building, including original drawings by the first architect on large pieces of linen rather than paper.

The goal is to have tenants in this building by 2020, with the market opening by spring or summer of 2020.