The Kansas City region has been a busy playing field for hospitality projects this year.
A slate of new lodging developments and some “reimagined” properties have been making waves as they challenge the local landscape and add enticing space choices to the event scene.
As these developments take shape on the western side of the state, planners and groups are sure to benefit, enjoying fresh new accommodations, invigorating meeting spaces and modern amenities for guest success.
Here are just a few of the area hospitality projects MM&E has heard of in recent weeks
A large new Hyatt convention hotel has been proposed for downtown Kansas City, potentially opening in 2019. Plans call for 800 guest rooms and construction costs of $310 million. Financing for the property is expected to close in late 2016 or early 2017.
A $72 million redevelopment project is in the works for an area at 19th, 20th, Walnut and Main streets. It will save the historic Midwest Hotel, which has been vacant; it also will add 293 apartments plus a new restaurant to replace the Hereford House, which has sat empty following a fire.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is expecting to spend $33 million on a remodel of its 980 guest rooms. Local officials have agreed to cover half of the renovation cost. The Marriott is the city’s largest convention hotel.
The suburb of Lenexa, Kan., is slated to see a new Holiday Inn Express and a Candlewood Suites Hotel at 95th Street and Interstate 35. The project is being undertaken by South Dakota-based developer KWB Hotel Partners; it’s the company’s first foray into the Kansas City market. Construction is expected to take about a year.
There are plans for a $21 million redevelopment project including two new hotels at the AirWorldCenter business park near Kansas City International Airport. The site currently houses a vacant office building recently purchased by Kansas City-based Koshiya Management Group Hotels.
The Hotel Phillips on W. 12th Street is experiencing a $20 million renovation under the ownership of Chicago-based Arbor Lodging Partners. The project is expected to be completed late this year; it includes new guest room furnishings and fixtures, and attractively refurbished gathering spaces.
Information and images courtesy of the Kansas City Business Journal. Visit the paper’s website at www.bizjournals.com/kansascity for additional hotel news.