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Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

You know the interurban arthouse http://interurbanarthouse.org/ is building a multimillion art place a few blocks, let have our governments talk to each other or are they supposed to be different but complimentary ways to waste tax money?

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Posted by Karl Schimmel on 01/10/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

County advances $22M plan to repurpose King Louie building
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/01/08/johnson-county-king-louie-repurposing.html

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Posted by UpdateitlikeitbePitch on 01/08/2015 at 3:29 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Raze the place. Build a BassPro, IKEA, or WalMart with gozillions of tax incentives. That always works.

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Posted by visionary on 01/08/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Waiting to see if this article will be updated based on today's Board meeting.

Posted by TellitlikeitisPitch on 01/08/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Crazy clown, "there is some?!?" Try there ARE some, and you're calling others ignorant?!?! And it would take more space than avail to list the rest of your grammar blunders, you genius. They invested 4 times the value of the property without doing due diligence, and you think that pouring a bunch of good money on top of bad is the best resolution? Do you need a job, and, if so, is there a Johnson County commissioner spot open?!?! You were born for politics bro!!!!

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Posted by jskateskcrb@aol.com.com on 01/08/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

850k sounds like a pretty good price. Id be willing to offer 675k and open my new entertainment complex that will be naming The Shady Lady South.

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Posted by m on 01/07/2015 at 10:35 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Look at all the buildings that are empty on the mile strip of land it's just sad. King Louie, 9350 and 9300 (old Sprint buildings where the lake is across from K-Mart) Also K-Mart, and Metcalf South. It makes no sense why that area is dying since there is so much traffic there.

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Posted by Scott Goodman on 01/07/2015 at 4:09 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

That location was once a prime spot, and now blight is taking hold. Are auto dealerships the best we can hope for? How is it that a huge entertainment complex is thriving at 135th street (featuring a museum, no less) while the Metcalf South area continues its descent? Where is the vision from our leaders?

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Posted by sweet hitchhiker on 01/07/2015 at 3:28 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Never send a real estate agent to do an appraisers job. Unbelievable that the county didn't have one done for highest and best use alone!

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Posted by Tommy Sheehy on 01/07/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

Thing is there is some just Dumb Enough to tear down a Iconic building like that and "Throw up" some Cheap Pre-Fab Dull Square building in its place and try to sell everybody (All the Sheep) that its a fine building !

I've seen a lotta older buildings redone that look nice when completed and still hold its vintage era aurora of the past.

somebody just wants to demolish the thing so they can get construction contacts and create a few Temporary jobs till a new building is erected at a whopping price tag, what it boils down to !!!

seen it all before, its happened before.

Stupidity, ignorance & Greed always come into play, yet they'll attempt to tell ya otherwise.

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 01/07/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

As Usual, same ol' Developer Fantasy Hype of Phony Illusions followed up with Fancy Graphs and Mystecial Illusionary Charts to Ba'fooey the General Public and City Council members, as they typically do, to push their projects and Development.

Lets see, as I remember correctly from the early 1990s, the KC Nascar Track which was supposed to have a lotta races and ended up only having 1 major race a year, which raised eyebrows later on, amend complaints.

The KCPL District which has turned into a major Flop, but that's NOT how City officials billed it at the time back then or the Developers ,,,,,,,

and look at the Mission Mall,,, 10 years later - need I say more ~ !!!

Last but not least the good ol' Merriam Town Center Shopping Mall,,, which was recently completely Demolished to erect one of the Ugliest unsightly buildings I've ever seen, of the worst color combination that even a Toddler would find Disgusting -

that being the IKEA Store, now located at I-35 & Johnson Drive !

Really, talk about an eyesore.

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Posted by Crazy Clown on 01/07/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it

On the opinion of one nincompoop, OP paid almost $2 million for some land with a weird, dilapidated building that realistically is maybe worth $850k, assuming the crap building is leveled, so the rational course of action...is to spend another $28 million on that leaky, moldy building to turn it into an "art space"?

Bulletproof idea. Well done, everyone. LOL.

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Posted by Eyelbee Damned on 01/07/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

Overland Park is becoming the Developers wet dream. The City Council never met a Commercial Development or Apartment Complex they didn't like. They violate their own City Plan and Zoning Plans to force development right next to Residential Communities with no Buffer. Check out their R1 Zones and what they put next to them. They must be getting nice kickbacks.....or they just want to be Olathe when they grow up. Bye Bye OP, you've become what people moved away from.

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Posted by PimpingCarlGerlach on 01/02/2015 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

The discussion of the Plaza is interesting, and reminds me why I thought the "Save the Plaza" people have it all wrong. The Plaza is going to slowly fade away if it is not allowed to grow and change. It needs more offices, condos and apartments to stay viable. People from Des Moines, Omaha and Wichita no longer need to go to the Plaza to find cool stores. The can stay home and do that now. I have a friend in Des Moines who told me that a short while back. And while the money in south JoCo used to have to go down there to find cool shopping, Leawood has become just as much, if not more, of a shopping destination. If this development goes forward, it will hurt the Plaza even more.

In every city, suburbs and the city compete. It's not just cities with state line issues. Kansas City better learn how to compete. We need bold ideas and proposals like this to bring companies from outside the region. We need people to take chances and be bold. Several of the comments above are typical of KC thinking: "It's too big. It will cause too much traffic. We can't possibly support it." That's no way to build a city or a region. There's very little Class A office space available in this metro for a major relocation. No one is going to look here if there's nowhere to go, or nothing proposed. Yet no one in KC has proposed to build anything (other than Cerner, but they plan to use all the space). I'd much rather see this development in the city. But if KCMO can't get people interested and put forward its own bold ideas, at least the region will benefit somewhat by people in the burbs thinking big.

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Posted by KC Booster on 12/31/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

great article stupid greedy development plan. It's going to flood for sure when you take away green space and add more concrete. Look out down stream!!!

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Posted by lester on 12/29/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

back to the drawing board with this one there still is an empty spot on mission and roe where s development project went wrong.

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Posted by Kcmo on 12/27/2014 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

Looks like he envisions something like The Woodlands, outside Houston.
..... This ain't Houston.

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Posted by ralpheatsbeef on 12/26/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

The City/County would be better served to keep it as a golfing venue/green area. Forget tax payer $s. Go ahead OP if you want concrete/asphalt in its place and the resultant water runoff to the bordering stream.

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Posted by Les Moore on 12/24/2014 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

I'm concerned that we're oversaturating our region with office space and competing venues at the tax payers' expense. Rather than invest in new real estate developments that may or may not pan out, it seems to me that our region should join forces across state lines and begin to aggressively bring established corporations and jobs to KC. Relocating employees to the midwest is a modest investment and people's jaws will hit the floor when they see the real estate deals they can get here.

This is a very short sighted, greedy project, imo.

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Posted by Bryan Stalder on 12/24/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Brookridge development hopeful Chris Curtin at least hired the right consultant

And what makes you Kevin, an expert on developments? I ask what makes you an expert on any of this. You talk a lot, but a lot of it is in circles and unknowns. You seem to support the James Trolley fiasco at the price tag it is costing, when the hard core truth is it will fail and be a huge burden to the taxpayers of Kansas City to support like the Power & Light Dist.

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Posted by David Superdave Larson on 12/24/2014 at 11:51 AM

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