Entries by Mike Hurd

Royals ballpark would build off $10B investments in KC’s urban core

A $1 billion-plus Kansas City Royals baseball stadium would look far different in coming years than when the Downtown Council of Kansas City started championing the project almost two decades ago. For one, many of the Downtown Loop’s biggest projects, such as the Kansas City Power & Light District and then-Sprint Center, had yet to break ground. The numbers of people living and working in the urban core were fractions of what they are today, and key transit offerings such as the streetcar were not up and running. And, at the time, venues like a Royals ballpark were contemplated as standalone projects, without accompanying mixed-use villages of new housing, offices, hotels and retail, and with less emphasis on community benefits agreements meant to ensure neighbors, as well as the team, prosper.