Barney Allis Plaza Redevelopment

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The City of Kansas City, Mo is currently developing a RFQ/RFP for the redevelopment of the Barney Allis Plaza parking structure and open space.

Background and Timeline

The City of Kansas City, Mo is currently developing a RFQ/RFP for the redevelopment of the Barney Allis Plaza parking structure and open space. The complete redevelopment of the parking garage also provides an opportunity to reimagine the plaza’s design.  Working in close partnership with the Downtown Council, the development of both the garage and plaza will be procured by the City of Kansas City, Mo through a design/build process.  An internal team, in conjunction with Odimo Architecture, Confluence Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, and Walker Consultants, are currently in a due diligence phase examining the programmatic needs and budget for the project.  This study is an extension of what was learned from the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel completed last spring.

Phase I, as it is referred, will be completed in April. This will include a presentation to City Council outlining programmatic needs for the plaza and the garage, an estimated budget for the project, and a strategic plan for maintaining, operating, and programming the plaza.  The City is looking to provide the capital costs and financing of both the garage and plaza coupled with private-sector operations and management of the plaza space.  In an effort to create a vibrant, active open space in our Downtown, Phase I also includes bench marking projects across the country in hopes of replicating their design and management strategies.  The plaza design is yet to be determined, but positioning the plaza closer to ground level is an important characteristic to its future design.  The project team is working with surrounding property owners, Bartle Hall Convention Staff, and the Downtown Neighborhood Association to garner their input into their vision for the plaza.  Additional engagement with the general public and surrounding stakeholders will continue into subsequent phases informing the design’s development throughout.  The redevelopment efforts are broken down into the following phases*:

Barney Allis Plaza RedevelopmentPhase I: Plaza Due Diligence Study, to be completed April 2019

Phase II: Selection of Owner’s Representative and Creation of the Bridging Documents, Early Summer 2019

Phase III: Procurement of Design/Build Team for Garage Structure and Plaza, Late Summer 2019

Phase IV: Design and Construction of the Plaza and Garage, Fall 2019-Fall 2021

Phase V: Transition to Operate, Maintain, and Program, Winter 2021

*Estimated Dates are subject to change.

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