The project team bringing the Power & Light building back to life in downtown Kansas City has stepped back momentarily to admire their work thus far. The team, local dignitaries, and current and future residents stepped out in style Tuesday evening for a grand opening celebration.
“It’s a good time to step back and look at where we’ve gotten to,” said Aaron Neighbors, vice president of Neighbors Construction, the general contractor on the project. “We’ve gotten here and now we’re in the home stretch.”
The $70 million project will soon be home to 210 renovated luxury apartments, with another 81 apartments in the North tower. Currently, the apartments are roughly 20 percent occupied and 30 percent leased.
While floors 3 through 15 are still underway, floors 16 through 31 are complete, and residents are living on every floor, taking in the breathtaking views of the city. The amenity areas are also complete, Neighbors said, and include a private lounge called The Beacon.
“It was done in an elegant, 30s style theme that’s modern but still pays homage to the time period when the building was built,” Neighbors said. “It’s very elegant, with marble floors and countertops, and light fixtures I’d never dream I’d be installing. It’s a beautiful, top notch space.”
In addition to that, an outside terrace boasts 360-degree views of the building. The building’s basement is also jam packed with amenities, including a complimentary Starbucks station, a theater room, wine lockers, a meditation area, fitness facility, spa and sauna, group fitness area, massage therapy, and light therapy. Once the north building opens, tenants will share a pool.
With 94 different floor plans Neighbors has had to build over the last year, getting to this point is a sigh of relief, if not a little bittersweet.
“They just don’t build them like they used to,” Neighbors said. “This building had to be revived; There’s no way it could have ever gone to the wrecking ball. It’s a very humbling experience to be part of a building like this in Kansas City.”
He plans to commemorate the experience working on the project and detailing the building’s transformations. He’s working with local photographer Jacia Phillips to assemble a book of photos chronicling the construction workers’ efforts.
Neighbors expects the rest of the 70 units remaining to be completed in the next few months, while the North tower will be delivered in early springtime.
The developer on the project is NorthPoint Development, while NSPJ Architects designed the project. For more information on leasing a unit, visit the Power and Light website. See a full gallery below, courtesy of Jacia Phillips.