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From Vacant to Thriving; Iconic Kansas City Building to Become Mixed Use

MW Builders Partners with Worcester Investments to Reimagine the “Flashcube” Building From Offices to Mixed Use

Nicknamed the “Flashcube” because of its reflective exterior, the vacant building at 720 Main St. will soon return to its original glory, only this time as mixed use.

The project, which will convert the 210,000-SF space into 184 apartment units and 16,876 SF of office space on the first floor, broke ground in January. Located alongside Kansas City’s Streetcar line, the new Flashcube apartments will attract urban dwellers looking for easy access to public transit.

“Downtown Kansas City has seen significant growth over the past few years,” says Marty Hoffey, Business Development Manager with MW Builders. “We’re really excited to partner with developers who are making impactful changes to continue to improve this area. Having a robust downtown attracts more people to visit and move to Kansas City.”

While Clockwork Architecture’s design for updates to the building include significant changes to the interior, the iconic exterior, which gave the building its moniker, will remain the same. Originally designed by HOK, the building has historic significance as a late-modern curtain wall structure with a "slick-tech" glass container design. As part of the renovation, the windows will receive complete reglazing to update the building while preserving its look and feel.

The Kansas City market has seen a strong focus around multifamily housing in recent years, with many luxury apartment complexes cropping up across the city. With the growing demand for living space, the demand for modern, upscale amenities has also followed. The Flashcube residents will have access to amenities like a fitness center and lounge areas in the lower level of the building, as well as a climbing wall and both basketball and pickleball courts under the front plaza.

The 16-month project is projected to be completed in the summer of 2020.

Release Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019