Since 2007, MAC Properties has renovated more than 30 tired buildings in the heart of Kansas City and turned them into bustling residential centers. Today, MAC has more than 1,500 apartments in the midtown area, and now, it’s adding a few more.
MAC recently debuted The International, its newest apartment project and the latest addition to its expansive midtown portfolio. Located at 301 E. Armour, the former office building was once home to IBM (International Business Machines). While the building is still a nod to the modernist movement, it now has a new life.
With help from Helix Architecture + Design, the 100,000-square-foot building underwent a complete redesign and renovation. Now, it’s home to 56 luxury apartments on the four upper floors and commercial space on the two lower floors. Mother Earth Coffee has signed a lease for a coffee shop on the southwest corner.
The International offers a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units ranging from 860 to 1,230 square feet, and rents ranging from $1,123 to $1,855. Each unit has quartz countertops and stainless appliances. The building amenities includes a fitness room, yoga room, 24/7 emergency maintenance, access to the pool, and Google Fiber throughout.
Peter Cassel of MAC Properties – who also serves as director of community development at Silliman Group, the construction arm of MAC – described the complications of converting the former office building into multifamily units.
“The biggest challenge was transforming a former office building which turned away from the street into a welcoming residential building," he said, praising Helix for raising the structure's facade and creating a welcoming, traditional residential appearance. "Through re-imagining the exterior, we were able to reprogram the interior from office to residential."
Cassell also serves Mac Properties is the developer for the project, working alongside Helix Architecture + Design as the architect. Centric Projects is the general contractor.
For more information on The International, visit MAC’s website.