Thursday, July 01, 2010

Downtown Plaza in the News

It looks as though Westfield's Downtown Plaza has some good news. 24 Hour Fitness is planning to double the size of the gym by expanding from the first-floor location into the second floor where Copeland Sports use to be. Planned is a multimillion-dollar renovation; the addition of a cycling room, basketball and racquetball courts and "refreshments" of the pool, locker rooms and other areas. The project, to be completed in the fall of 2011 and will add 20,000sf to make it a 50,000sf fitness center. Last year, Westfield began work on enhancements including LED lighting, new color scheme and improvements to courtyard and piazza areas.

It’s also being reported that Westfield’s in discussions with two potential buyers for the downtown mall. KCRA’s reporting that Mayor Johnson has identified a highly qualified potential buyer that is now in serious discussions with Westfield and that they have the capacity and capability of doing something at a very large scale. There's also another group that's also having not quite as serious discussions, but discussions with the Westfield group as well.


cm25 said...

Does anyone know what kind of ideas they have for Downtown Plaza. I heard something on KCRA about allowing vehicle traffic, which makes no sense to me.

Zwahlen Images said...

They were talking about cars being re-introduced to the pedestrian mall stretch between 8th and 12th street.

cm25 said...

I was watching the video and at the very end it says that KJ wants to allow vehicle traffic on K St. from 8th to 12th and also wants to allow cars "through that mall property." Not clear how this is feasible.

Zwahlen Images said...

Right, since neither he nor the city own the property. They really need to focus on the 700 & 800 blocks of K Street right now.

Authenticity comes to mind.