May 08, 2018

Take a look inside Two Light and its luxury apartments

Stepping out onto the outdoor patio at Two Light Luxury Apartments, the amenities are as clear as the panoramic view of Downtown.

Lounge chairs line an infinity pool that runs to the edge of the eighth story. An outdoor grilling space sits near a "floating" sun deck that extends beyond the edge of the building. A spa, club lounge, quiet area, entertainment kitchen, gym and party room also are available to residents of the second of potentially four luxury apartment developments by The Cordish Cos.

But the Two Light experience doesn't come cheap: Rents range from $1,250 for a one-bedroom to $6,000 for penthouses.

The $120 million project includes 296 apartments in the 25-story rectangular glass building, matching the style of One Light and the planned Three Light.

Jen DeMeyer, communications manager for Cordish, said the building is more than 55 percent leased, with the maximum of four residents moving in every day since the building opened Friday. She said the company expects the building to be completely leased in about five months, based on the pace of applicants and past experience with One Light. 

Cordish emphasized details when designing Two Light, DeMeyer said. The company worked with Baltimore designer Rebecca Jones of RD Jones + Associates and architecture firm Hord Coplan and Macht.  

The lobby includes a large floor installation with the design of a Kansas City manhole cover and a light fixture with 170 light bulbs that took three days to install. Units include high-end finishes such as quartz counter tops and a large island that doubles as a dining table. Each floor has different artwork and designs throughout, DeMeyer said.

Cordish, which is based in Baltimore, commissioned several Kansas City artists to do the work throughout the common areas, and the artwork itself is designed around a Kansas City theme and includes well-known quotes, song lyrics and portraits of famous Kansans and Missourians.

"It really is just a piece of Kansas City everywhere, from local artists to representations of famous Kansas Citians," DeMeyer said.

The Kansas City Business Journal honored One Light with a 2016 Capstone Award in the Special Judges' Recognition category. Here's a look inside that nearby project.

The next Kansas City project for Cordish will be Three Light, a luxury apartment complex adjacent to Two Light on Truman Road between Walnut and Main streets. DeMeyer said Cordish expects to break ground on Three Light early next year.

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