Ferris wheel-anchored Downtown park takes first spin before planners

Planners recommended that Kansas City give up part of its right-of-way on a property that developers propose transforming into a new entertainment district with a 170-foot Ferris wheel.

The Kansas City Plan Commission’s decision Tuesday marks the first public step on the proposal. Planners recommended that the city vacate a 0.26-acre portion of Jefferson Street north of 25th Street, where the right-of-way dead-ends along a roughly 3-acre construction materials site that includes the brick former Carter-Waters building. The property sits between Interstate 35 and the city’s IRS Processing Center.

There, 3D Development looks to build Pennway Point, an urban artifact park planned with a climate-controlled Ferris wheel and outdoor miniature golf course, both by ICON Experiences. The Maryland entertainment company also operates The Wheel at St. Louis Union Station.

Also envisioned are an indoor and outdoor location for the The Lumi Neon Museum; a tailgate park with yard games; a dog park; boutique offices; and spaces for a mix of local, best-of food and beverage operators, including in an adaptive reuse of the roughly four-story, 31,500-square-foot Carter-Waters building. A trailhead park could connect Pennway Point to the proposed Greenline KC recreational trail.

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