UG Kicks Off Catalytic Redevelopment Effort of 3 Govt-Owned Sites
Published on February 28, 2023
Today the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS hosted an information session for developers, consultants, and other interested parties to preview its plans to issue a request for qualifications for three Unified Government-owned redevelopment sites. Development Strategies, an economic development consulting firm, has been assisting and shared the proposed process as initially scoped.
“We invite developer teams to bring their creative ideas and value-added partnership to our community,” said Interim County Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “We are excited to reimagine these important sites as part of our strategy to foster equitable economic growth for Wyandotte County.”
During the information session, which was attended by 70 participants, the Unified Government presented three sites and outlined an upcoming process for redevelopment.
Site One: 47th and State
The site of the former Indian Springs mall, the Unified Government owns three parcels currently zoned for commercial use. Currently, the roughly 9,000 sf site is host to a regional transit center.
Site Two: 4th and Minnesota
This 2,900 sf site wraps around the United Way building in Downtown Kansas City, KS. Currently a parking lot, these two UG-owned parcels are currently zoned for the Central Business District.
Site 3: 18th and Quindaro
The Unified Government currently has multiple land bank lots at the southeast corner of 18th and Quindaro in the historic northeast. Currently, there are multiple vacant lots and the proposed project would ideally incorporate a grocery store.
Requests for Qualifications Sought in Late March
The Unified Government outlined a two-step process which will kick off late March 2023. The first step will be a request for qualifications to identify a broad pool of qualified developers to each of the three sites. The Unified Government will review the qualifications and invite developers/teams to respond to the request for proposals in late June 2023. Each of these projects will be informed by an ongoing market analysis and community engagement to reimagine each of these sites.
“This RFQ/RFP process provides an opportunity to redefine the community development process in the Unified Government,” said Unified Government Director of Planning and Urban Design Gunnar Hand.
Watch the Information Session
Check out the recording of today's information session: