Design and Building Contractors Excited About East Brookside Resurgence in KCMO

By Scott Hamele

Construction DesignWorks Helps Rejuvenate a Once Tired Area

For the area east of the Brookside Business District resurgence has been a long time coming, for both residences and small businesses that flank the north and south side of 63rd Street. It has created excitement for real estate investors, design and building contractors as well as construction contractors in Kansas City.

 

According to the Brookside Business District, “Brookside, planned and built in 1920, was the city’s first suburban shopping area. Designed to serve the automobile set, it boasted specialty, grocery and drug stores, medical offices, even a special community center, as well as the first south side police and fire stations.”

As you drive east on 63rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri along the forgotten mile from Oak, past Cherry Street, Holmes Road, Rockhill Road to Troost Avenue, you’ll notice a major transformation. Once upon a time, all you encountered was tired buildings and vacant spaces. Now, real estate developers and investors such as Butch Rigby are concentrating their efforts into renovating multiple buildings along this corridor. The result has been creative and vibrant commercial buildings and multiple-family developments offering a dense, multi-use community keeping construction contractors in Kansas City busy.

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Many businesses and commercial residents pepper the new 63rd Street Brookside corridor. Merchants include J’adore Home & Garden, 63 St. Bistro, Heirloom Bakery, Brookside Wine & Spirits, Unbakery & Juicery, Farmdog Studios and Brookside Crossfit. These buildings are generating many more unique ideas from design and build contractors on ways in which they can add even more excitement to this revitalization.
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Even freshly renovated office buildings such as the space that will be home to Jewish Family Services will offer new jobs and customers for local restaurants in their newly renovated, state of the art 2-story building. Investors, Butch Rigby and Byron Pendleton transformed this rugged, weathered building with the tenant, and design-build construction contractor Construction DesignWorks, LLC into a dynamic, multi-purpose office.

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There are still select opportunities for new and renovated buildings which could include classics construction as well as contemporary architecture with popular open, naked ceilings, but not many. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds on the east side of Brookside in mid-town Kansas City. It is definitely worth a look.

Article by Scott Hamele, DBIA, who is President of Construction DesignWorks, LLC. You can follow him on Twitter @constructionKC

Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and develop a winning design build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking at design and build contractors in Kansas City, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.