First passive house coming to Rivermarket aims to offer more energy efficient units

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --A growing demand for downtown living has architects working on a new addition to the Kansas City skyline.

A$62 million apartment complex going in at Second and Delaware is expected to bring another several hundred families to the Rivermarket area and is getting a lot of attention for its design.

The complex will be the city's first passive house, which means it meets rigorous energy-efficient standards. Walls will be 16-inches thick and the complex will have a green roof. The efforts will help reduce to the cost of utilities to about 1/5 of the traditional cost. Second and Delaware Project Developer Jonathan Arnold said utility bills could be as low as $17 per month.

The city has already committed $2.9 million dollars for street and green space improvements.

Initially the complex  was about half the size, but when the KC Streetcar went in, the project developers double the land and expanded the size of the complex.

Rentals go from $1000-$2400 and qualified low-income units go for $550-$750. The complex will have 276 units.

The complex is expected to open in May of 2017.
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