The EDC and its partners continue to refine the 587 Project, a blueprint for development near the strategic Highway 152 and I-435 interchange.
Named by combining the two highway numbers, the effort seeks to outline development potential for one of the least developed interchanges on Greater Kansas City’s I-435 loop. Those currently involved in the effort include the EDC, led by its Executive Committee, the City of Kansas City and project consultant the Olsson Studio. Over nearly three years, the group has assembled a series of proposals that include seven key amenities that would help create world-class developments: entertainment, sports, parks and recreation, specialty retail, restaurants, civic opportunities, Class A office space and housing options.
Olsson began with an economic assessment study to examine existing competition, demographics, projected growth trends and suggestions for future development. The work is focused on feasibility and basic planning – determining the best practical uses for this location. From that, Clay County will be able to present a practical plan to private investors.
Key goals to establish the areas unique nature include a “river walk” mixed-use attraction, extensive Class A office development, establishment of a “super regional” park, an arena and an entertainment district. The latter illustrates how the plan seeks to fill gaps in Clay County and Northland amenities. The “arena/fieldhouse” would complement the nearby Northland soccer fields with an indoor facility that features a retractable roof and serves as a 6,000-8,000-seat space for graduations and concerts.
Other attractions would include an “Eat-ertainment” area. Transportation in and outside the development would include multiple layers, with an interconnected transit system, transit to KCI, and multimodal trails, along with bike lanes and walking paths, all connected with a continuous greenway.
A drive-in theater is proposed with shared arena parking. The existing Hodge Park amphitheater would see renovations and upgrades, while a live music destination would be created along with a venue like KC Live. An independent film district would round out the plans.