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Country Club Plaza
Smart, Thomas A
Real Estate Companies
April 29, 2011
The sixth-annual Capstone Awards is a supplement to the Kansas City Business Journal, which "honors outstanding real estate development projects and transactions throughout the community." Some of the...
April 6-12, 2012
The 2012 Capstone Awards is a supplement to the Kansas City Business Journal, which "honors outstanding real estate development projects and transactions throughout the community." Some of the projects...
Cerner, Soccer Set to Provide an Added Spark
January 21, 2010
Short article accompanied by drawing and map for the $400-million development around the Kansas Speedway that will add an 11-acre Wizards stadium project and 58-acre Cerner office complex in Wyandotte...
April 2, 2010
Article profiles Phil Kirk upon the occasion of his being awarded the Jim Davis Award for his contributiions to Kansas City's downtown redevelopment. There is also information about Kirk's company, DST...
Development Lawyer Richard A. King Dies at Age 62
August 25, 2006
Richard A. King, former mayor of Independence, Missouri and a prominent development lawyer, died of cancer on August 24, 2006. He was born on July 4, 1944, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was head of King...
He's the Man!
March 6-12, 2003
Article describing the efforts of developer Ray Braswell to work with preservationists in creating a plan to develop a boutique hotel on the Plaza's "West Edge." The article details several other Plaza...
Homkor Gets City Financing to Proceed
Photo and article about the acquistion and renovation of "the long-vacant University Hospital building" in the Northeast neighborhood by "Homkor of Missouri, a private real estate development company."...
Houston Firm Will Run Hotel Near Plaza
July 10, 2012
Houston-based Valencia Group will take control of the unfinished hotel in the Plaza Vista complex in the area formerly known as the West Edge. Now named the Hotel Sorella, the hotel will have 132 rooms...
Judge Smart Lived Up to His Name with Early Real Estate Purchases in KC
May 10, 1989
Article describes Judge Thomas A. Smart who purchased land in the 1830s where downtown Kansas City would someday be. Smart also ran a store on the levee and eventually sold his land to Col. Thomas Swope....
Karbank Leaves an Industrial-Sized Legacy with his Peers
September 28, 2007
This article is part of a series profiling"catalysts" in Kansas City's history to mark the 25th anniversary of the Kansas City Business Journal. Barney Karbank was a real estate developer.
Lester M. Dean, Sr.
November 3, 2005
Obituary for Lester M. Dean, Sr., who was born December 7, 1921 and died October 30, 2005. He founded over 21 companies during his lifetime including Dean Operations with Dean Realty and Dean Machinery...
On The Edge of a New Start
March 25-31, 2011
The West Edge project in the Country Club Plaza has hired construction manager David Harrison, a principal with Caymus Real Estate LLC. Harrison has the task of completing the remaining "shell of the 130-room...
Plan Aims to Reverse Urban Core's Decline
September 4, 2012
Article discussing the Land Trust of Jackson County and the decision for it to turn over ownership of 447 blighted and abandoned properties to the city. The city is in the process of creating a land bank...
Razing Will Start Re-Raising of Antioch Mall
October 29-November 4, 2010
The first phase of demolition of the Antioch Center will begin February 1, 2011. Article describes the plans for the site of the Antioch Redevelopment Partners LLC and provides a work timetable.
Sherman W. Dreiseszun
December 6, 2007
Obituary for Sherman W. Dreiseszun who died December 3, 2007, at his home in Leawood, Kansas. He was "a two-time past President and President for Life of Kehilath Israel Synagogue, member of its Men's...
Successful Investments Based on Research, Luck
December 10-16, 1999
Article detailing history of the author's real estate development company, M.D. Management, Inc.
The Beginning of Two Great Family Fortunes
July 23, 1911
File contains map, illustrations, and article about the fortunes provided for the Smart and Swope families starting with the (later Downtown) real estate development of "[t]he old Smart farm" "bounded...
The Vision of Whitney Kerr: City Boy
Photos and biographical article about Whitney Kerr, a local real estate developer and president of Kerr & Company. Description of his career, leading the Johnson County, Kansas, real estate development...
Time for New Developer?
February 28, 2009
Article describes problems involved in developing the Citadel Plaza shopping center at 63rd and Prospect. City officials are considering whether or not to break the contract with the Community Development...
What Makes Miller Run? Or Persistence and the Art of Real Estate Development
Photos, illustrated caricature, and biographical article about Miller Nichols, "a son of J. C. Nichols" and inheritor of "his father's real estate company, its properties and its prized Country Club Plaza...
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