Thursday morning, Legacy Development is breaking ground on a new $16 million project to round out the south end of the Ward Parkway Shopping Center. The new additions combine lifestyle elements with national sit-down restaurants to create a unique lifestyle area that’s missing in the area.
The phase of construction will add five new restaurants, including Charleston’s, a 7,000-square-foot casual American restaurant; MidiCi, a 3,500-square-foot Neapolitan Pizzeria; Ted’s Escondido Cafe, the Tex-Mex restaurant’s fourth Kansas City location; and The Garage, a hamburger joint with a full bar, games and TVs. A fifth restaurant has yet to be announced.
The new restaurants will be surrounded by a 22,235-square-foot outdoor patio space. The patio will include fire pits, water features, and will be partially covered, allowing its use for three seasons of the year.
“The south side patio adds a missing element to south Kansas City,” says Lori Cogan, general manager of the shopping center.
A long-awaited part of the project includes the addition of a ring road to the center, allowing shoppers to circle the mall without leaving the property. It also adds a pedestrian bridge for walking access from the upper levels over to the new restaurants. Surface and valet parking will also be available.
The new additions are scheduled to be complete in Spring 2017.