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LuxLiving Drops Two Downtown Apartment Proposals, Still Pursuing Tower Plan

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By Kevin Collison

LuxLiving, the St. Louis apartment developer building the Katz project, has dropped two downtown residential deals but is still pursuing its big apartment and hotel high-rise proposal at 14th and Wyandotte.

Lux scrapped its plan to build at 250-unit apartment development on riverfront property owned by Port KC. The developer also is no longer pursuing the 230-unit Freight House Village proposal in the Crossroads.

Jon Stephens, Port KC president and CEO, said LuxLiving ended its purchase agreement for the riverfront property by mutual agreement.

“There is already very high interest from other development parties regarding the site,” Stephens added.

Vince Bryant of 3D Development confirmed Lux Living was no longer pursuing the Freight House Village. Bryant previously had obtained development rights and incentives for the project in 2021 and had reached a tentative agreement with Lux.

Victor Alston of LuxLiving could not be reached for comment.

LuxLiving is currently redeveloping the former Katz drugstore at Main and Westport Road into a 192-unit apartment project.

Lux is currently has two other apartment projects under construction: the 192-unit Katz redevelopment at Main and Westport Road, and the 215-unit Wonderland development at 19th and Broadway.

In August, it was approved for tax incentives for a $194.5 million project at the northeast corner of 14th and Wyandotte. The proposed 27-story tower would have 300 apartments and a 200-room hotel, and be located adjacent to the historic Power & Light Building.

The incentive deal, which includes a 17-year property tax abatement, was approved by the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority. Dan Moye, LCRA executive director, said the plan was still proceeding.

“We’ve been having calls, exchanging emails and having meetings as recently as this week,” Moye said. “It’s actively being worked on.”

A view of the proposed LuxLiving tower at 14th and Wyandotte looking east. (Rendering from DLR Group)

The Lux riverfront apartment plan was proposed in early 2022, but the developer’s request for a 25-year property tax abatement was opposed by the Kansas City school district and other taxing jurisdictions as well as the KC Tenants housing activist group.

Lux Living had planned to set aside 20 percent of its units as affordable housing as part of its incentive application. LuxLiving would have saved about $12.6 million in property taxes over the 25-year period.

The project still would have yielded $5.5 million to taxing jurisdictions because the Port KC-owned land currently is not taxed.

The Port KC board ultimately decided not to act on the Lux Living incentive request.

Last fall, Lux officials said they still planned to move forward with the $56 million plan, but Port KC said the firm recently allowed its sales agreement to expire.

As for the 14th and Wyandotte project, the tentative timetable calls for work to begin in 2024 and completion in 2027.

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