Unified Government Selects Project Manager for Healthy Campus
CBC (CarrBaierCrandall) Real Estate Group has been chosen by the Unified Government to manage and represent its interests as Development Project Manager for the Healthy Campus, which is a core component of the Downtown Central Parkway District Plan. A roadmap for the revitalization of Downtown KCK, the Healthy Campus is a planned $30-million redevelopment project near the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue. In late 2014, with tremendous support from the philanthropic community and extensive input from local stakeholders, an implementation plan for the Healthy Campus was adopted. The plan identified a need for project leadership, which is why the UG sought an organization to be responsible for ensuring that day-to-day, incremental decisions are consistently driving the long-term vision. After a thorough, competitive bid process garnering interest from a number of area businesses, the UG selected CBC to serve as Owner's Representative and Development Project Manager for the Healthy Campus.
"We have a longstanding relationship with CBC Real Estate Group and its principals," said Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., Mark Holland. "Since CBC principal Bill Crandall was integrally involved as master developer of Village West, we are confident that now the entire CBC team will successfully represent the UG's interests as this important project for our community progresses."
As Development Project Manager, CBC will work as an extension of the UG staff to guide the implementation of the Healthy Campus plan, oversee day-to-day activities with initial focus on securing the successful development of a community center and grocery store. CBC will also review and evaluate proposals from developers interested in housing and corporate office development within the corridor, negotiate incentives on behalf of the UG and serve as the conduit for all real estate and development activity surrounding the Healthy Campus - while adhering to the vision of the master plan.
"CBC is honored that Mayor Holland and the Unified Government have entrusted us with managing development opportunities that fit within the vision for the Healthy Campus," said CBC Managing Principal Bill Crandall. "We are excited to take the master planning and public engagement process to the next level and bring to life development that will carry the vision for this important community initiative forward."
About the Healthy Campus
Shortly after being elected as Mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., in 2013, Mark Holland set out to advance two projects near Downtown: a proposal for a grocery store that would serve people facing a critical lack of access to healthy food retail and the construction of a new community center in partnership with the YMCA. Coincidentally, the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue was identified as the most ideal and sustainable for both projects.
The identification of that site, in conjunction with the existing amenities of Big 11 Lake, Waterway Park, nearby schools and the convergence of traditional African American neighborhoods and an emerging Hispanic population, made this area the ideal location to bring each of these disparate amenities together to create something greater: the Healthy Campus.
The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, LISC and the REACH Healthcare Foundation funded Gould Evans architects to develop an implementation plan for the Healthy Campus. Funding for the first year of CBC's contract was made possible through a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.