It's the final chapter for a project that began in 2005, only a year before the ground was broken on Safdie's other renowned design in town: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. While one stands watch over downtown, the other has stood as a sign of failed development for the past three years.
The mixed-use development was sold at auction in 2010, a year after the half-completed project went into bankruptcy. The demolition of the office space intended for Bernstein-Rein has been captured on time-lapse video and thoroughly documented by photographer Eric Bowers. The 134-room boutique-hotel concept, built in tandem with the original building, will not be torn down. Caymus Real Estate is still looking for an operator to take over the space. Manager Jeff Dillon told The Kansas City Star earlier this week that they "hope to make a decision within the next month or two."
But the saga doesn't end for neighbors of the development as construction will shortly begin on the headquarters of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm. The new building has an expected completion date of November 2013.