Brain Group, Mercier Street Begin $250 Million Redevelopment Project, Plan 138-Unit Community

by Kari Lloyd

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Co-developers Brain Group and Mercier Street have started work on the conversion of the former Westport Middle and Westport High School campuses in Kansas City into Park 39, a $250 million live-work-play development. The property will be situated on 16 acres at 39th and McGee streets in the city’s Midtown district.

Anchoring the project is The Residences at Park 39, a 138-unit apartment community within the four-story former Westport High School. The Residences are planned to include flexible work areas, a fitness center and mailroom, auditorium transformed into modules, conference rooms, library and event spaces for groups.

Individual units will have open floor plans with high ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers and will range from 400 square feet to 1,600 square feet in size, with expected monthly rents ranging from $950 to $2,000. The building’s new infrastructure will include smart technology and updated electrical, plumbing and fire alarm and protection systems.

Also planned for the development is the Plexpod at Park 39, a seven-story office building formerly home to Westport Middle School, that will have more than 163,000 square feet of office space. Throughout the project, commercial space will be available for office, retail and restaurant tenants, as well as flexible workspaces and a conference center.

Ryan Cos. U.S. Inc. is serving as general contractor for The Residences, which is planned to open later this year. Additional development and capital partners on the project include HP Development Partners 2, Dwight Capital, Arvest Bank, National Trust Community Investment Corp. and Commerce Bank.

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