KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The demolition phase of a Plaza-area eyesore is nearing completion, and construction could soon begin on a new office tower to take its place.
Demolition crews working on the unfinished West Edge office tower at 48th and Roanoke say that they should be done by the end of March, and construction on the new headquarters for the Pulsinelli-Shughart Law Firm is expected to begin around the same time.
Construction on the failed West Edge office and hotel complex began six years ago, and was set to be the home of the Bernstein Rein advertising agency before financial problems and eventually bankruptcy brought construction on the 11-story office building to an end.
Workers have been carefully removing the unfinished office building, preserving the structure’s parking garage and footprint for the new nine-story building going up in it’s place.
The 134-room boutique hotel on the south side of the development will remain untouched.
Officials with developer Caymus Real Estate told the Kansas City Star that they have had “significant interest” from prospective hotel operators, as well as restaurants and shops planned for the lower floor of the new office building.
The entire project is expected to be complete by November of 2013.