By Kathy Feist
South Kansas City is seeing economic growth even during the pandemic. We continue our series on new development in the area for 2021. (See Apartment Complexes and Industrial Parks for previous stories.)
Wornall Village Shopping Center
Tutera Group is investing $5 million for improvements to the shopping center located on the northwest corner of 85th and Wornall. New exterior walls, stone-wrapped columns and drainage have been added. The retail shops are being stripped to their shell for interior work, according to Greg Hoefer, Executive Vice President of Tutera Group. Anchor tenant Price Chopper will soon begin its $2 million expansion to the south side of the shopping strip (an exact date could not be obtained) for a drive-thru pharmacy, and north into a vacant shop to make more room for its liquor department. A one-way drive will be added to the back of the property, providing easier access for delivery trucks.
The shopping center at 8900 Ward Parkway will add locally franchised Hawaiian Bros. Island Grill to the outdoor food court. Carbon Health Clinics out of San Francisco plans to move into a remodeled space near Trader Joe’s.
Martin City Retail/Office Space
The property west of Martin City Coffee at 131st and Holmes has been purchased by Rick Ramsey, owner of the coffee shop and Ramsey’s Burgers. Ramsey, owner of Affordable Plumbing & Sewer, plans to build a retail/officer center at the site. The estimated $2-3 million property will allow for 10 tenants, which will include a new and larger Martin City Coffee and Bakery. The property, currently zoned for residential, is in its initial phase of getting approval for commercial rezoning. If all goes well, construction will begin this summer.