Kansas City construction firm McCownGordon, which today operates out of a brick building at the northernmost reaches of the downtown loop, is planning a move a few blocks to the south.
McCownGordon submitted plans to City Hall for a $10.5 million renovation to a building currently occupied by Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph at 850 Main Street.
Catholic Charities, which provides housing, veterans and emergency services, will relocate next month to new offices at 4001 Blue Parkway, according to Jack Smith, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
McCownGordon bought the building on July 18 for $5.2 million, according to a certificate of value on file with the Jackson County assessor’s office.
At 54,000 square feet, the forthcoming headquarters for McCownGordon will double the space available at its current headquarters. The firm plans to make the move about a year from now. McCownGordon hired Helix Architecture + Design to assist with the renovation project.
“This move reinforces are desire to stay engaged and enhance the downtown community,” said Sara Prem, McCownGordon’s director of marketing, in an email.
Prem also cited the location’s proximity to the streetcar, the Power & Light District and other restaurants as additional reasons for McCownGordon’s decision.
Prem acknowledged that McCownGordon would seek incentives or a tax abatement in connection with the move, but said it’s too soon to what type.
McCownGordon has listed its current headquarters building at 422 Admiral Boulevard for sale; that 29,212-square-foot building is on the market for an asking price of $4.6 million, according to a real estate listing on LoopNet.com.