Decades have passed since the last new office building opened in the Crossroads Arts District, said Edna Martinson.
In a matter of weeks, startups and small businesses can “create their own vibe” when the 22,910-square-foot Corrigan Station expansion project — led by Copaken-Brooks — unlocks its doors and opens them to Kansas City innovators, added Martinson, Copaken-Brooks market analyst, as well as co-founder of Boddle Learning.
“[The third-floor is] really geared more toward the startup community with the companies that have fewer employees,” Martinson noted, further describing the space as an opportunity for startups that have outgrown neighboring WeWork at Corrigan Station.
Rich with such amenities as common areas, a kitchen, event space, and a park area with street-food creations — crafted by Michael Corvino, the Kansas City restaurateur behind the namesake Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room at — and located between the two Corrigan Station buildings, the new workspace is an extension of history that dates back the original building’s opening in 1921.
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Academy Bank serves as the Corrigan Station expansion’s anchor tenant, occupying the southern portion of the first floor, said Annemijn Steele, Copaken-Brooks marketing manager.
Additionally, the new project builds on momentum gained as a result of the reimagination of the Corrigan building as a mixed-use destination. Further traction was gained with the launch of WeWork, which added three floors of coworking space to the 10-story building in 2017, according to Copaken-Brooks description of the project.
The building’s design — which features light-planks of wood on the ceiling and sleek, black accents — is intended to be an extension of the original building, largely mimicking the feel of the space’s rooftop deck, said Steele.
“[The expansion] is for those people who are a little bit bigger [than a co-working space allows] but still want a collaborative workspace,” she explained.
A block-wide innovation project, Copaken-Brooks also broke ground in Janurary on Reverb — a $40 million, 14-story, 132 unit apartment building just north of the original Corrigan Station building.
The project could help enable entrepreneurs to live where they work, Steel added.
Arterra, the most recently completed luxury-apartment project for Copaken-Brooks, opened in April on Wyandotte Street in the Crossroads.
Leasing of the Corrigan Station expansion’s private and customizable office suites — which include balconies with views of the Kansas City skyline — is well under way, Steel said.
The building is expected to open in June.
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