Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, LLC, a Richmond, Virginia-based commercial real estate investment firm, in a joint venture with CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC, a Boston, Massachusetts-based commercial real estate investment firm, today announced the acquisition of 2345 Grand Boulevard, located in downtown Kansas City, MO.
2345 Grand, in the Crown Center submarket of downtown Kansas City, is a 28-story, 538,741 square-foot Class A office tower, which includes a subterranean parking garage and an adjacent 4-story annex building.
The property was designed by legendary architect Mies van der Rohe and developed by the Shorenstein Company in 1977. It is prominently located near the vibrant and expanding Crossroads Arts District. The tower is approximately 73% occupied and is anchored by the corporate headquarters of Lathrop Gage, a nationwide multi-service law firm.
“We are enthusiastic about entering the Kansas City market at this time and we are particularly excited to own such an iconic building in this prime location,” said Brian Witthoefft, Managing Director of Leasing and Marketing for Lingerfelt CommonWealth. “The market fundamentals continue to strengthen, showing steady leasing demand, positive space absorption in quality properties, and upward pressure on rental rates metro-wide. With the improving health of the market and our plans for extensive building renovations, we are optimistic about our investment in 2345 Grand.”
Lingerfelt CommonWealth plans to make a significant capital investment in the building within the first year of ownership. Plans currently include a renovation of the lobby and lower-level community common areas, as well as a reconfiguration and renovation of the ground-floor retail portion of the annex building, located at 2380 McGee Street. Tenant-centric upgrades are planned for the fitness and locker room facilities, conference center, and tenant lounge areas to make better use of the indoor and outdoor common space. These improvements are intended to preserve the classic architectural style of Mies van der Rohe, while at the same time enhance both tenant and community experience through the modernization of the property’s spaces.
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Lingerfelt CommonWealth will operate the tower via its vertically integrated operating platform. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, the Company’s property management affiliate, will handle all aspects of the day-to-day asset and property management. Cushman & Wakefield will handle the leasing and marketing of the building’s available space.
More on the company can be found on the web at www.LingerfeltCommonWealth.com.