ULI panel to study, advise on redevelopment north of Loop

An Urban Land Institute panel of nationally renowned experts on land use and urban planning will be in Downtown Kansas City this week to study and advise the City on strategies for redevelopment north of the Downtown Loop.


A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts has been convened by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to make recommendations to the City of Kansas City on the redevelopment of an area north of the Downtown “Loop” that includes decommissioning and reusing a portion of Interstate-70.

The panel, composed of land use professionals representing all aspects of urban design and urban development, was convened through ULI’s advisory services program. The panelists will be in Kansas City this week (today through Friday) to analyze local market conditions and provide recommendations for transforming the north section of the interstate into a high-impact development that will:

  1. Increase development density in Downtown,
  2. Generate property tax revenues,
  3. Improve land value,
  4. Boost employment,
  5. Catalyze development opportunities in adjacent communities.

The panel, which consists of leading ULI members from outside Kansas City, is building on work conducted by a panel of local ULI members in 2016.

In drafting its recommendations the panel will be considering such factors as:

  • The optimal use for the site considering the impact to the adjacent communities, Kansas City’s goals and vision for its future development, and the effects on transportation infrastructure;
  • Successful examples in other cities that involve greater benefits from reducing highway capacity rather than maintaining current roadway networks;
  • Examples of phasing the development;
  • The most effective mix of land uses (public, private, commercial and residential);
  • A recommended timeline for the development; and
  • Available funding mechanisms for all phases of the development process

During the week, the panelists will tour the study area and Kansas City and spend two days meeting and interviewing
stakeholders from the public and private sector. After carefully analyzing the site and completing the interviews, the
panelists will then frame their recommendations and draft a presentation that will be made to the public at the conclusion of the visit on Friday.

The ULI panel’s recommendations will be presented to the public from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the KCP&L Energy Center, 1200 Main St. Simply click here to RSVP for this free program.

ULI leader Glenda E. Hood, founding partner of triSect, LLC in Orlando, Fla., is the chairman of the advisory panel that will be visiting Kansas City. A former mayor of Orlando, Hood advocated thoughtful growth strategies in that city to create safe, livable neighborhoods, a revitalized Downtown and a strong local economy.

“We’re excited to bring ULI’s expertise to Kansas City,” Hood said. “We are aiming to demonstrate how the reuse of this area can contribute to the city’s overall economic prosperity, livability, investment appeal, and competitiveness.”

Hood will be joined by panelists Dean D. Bellas, president, Urban Analytics, Inc., Alexandria, Va.; Bill Clarke, planning consultant, Ross, Calif.; David Greensfelder, managing principal, Greensfelder Commercial Real Estate LLC, San Francisco, Calif.; April Anderson Lamoureux, president, Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC, Boston, Mass.;
Todd Meyer, principal and director of planning and urban design, Forum Studio, Chicago, Ill.; Bill Rogalla, principal and director of acquisitions and dispositions, Zeller Realty Group, Chicago, Ill.; Adam Weers, principal, Trammell Crow Company, Washington, D.C., and John Paul Weesner, director of landscape architecture, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

Now in its 70th year, the ULI advisory services program assembles experts in the fields of real estate and land use planning to participate on panels worldwide, offering recommendations for complex planning and development projects, programs and policies. Panels have developed more than 700 studies for a broad range of land uses, ranging from waterfront properties to inner-city retail.

According to Thomas Eitler, senior vice president of ULI’s advisory services program, the strength of the program lies in ULI’s unique ability to draw on the substantial knowledge of its 40,000-plus members, including land developers, engineers public officials, academics, lenders, architects, planners and urban designers.

“The independent views of the panelists bring a fresh perspective to the land use challenge,” Eitler said. “The advisory services program is about offering creative, innovative approaches to community building.”

Past sponsors of ULI advisory service panels include: federal, state and local government agencies; regional councils of government; chambers of commerce; redevelopment authorities; private developers and property owners; community development corporations; lenders; historic preservation groups; non-profit community groups; environmental organizations and economic development agencies.