September 10, 2014

One Light Adds Penthouse Units to Meet High-End Demand

The newest addition to the Kansas City skyline will have a few more penthouse units than originally expected. One Light, a luxury apartment tower being built at the intersection of 13th and Walnut streets, will be adding a second penthouse floor to meet higher-than-expected demand for high-end apartments, said Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Kansas City Power & Light District. The change will add 14 penthouse units, taking the total to 24, to meet that demand. A release from The Cordish Co., the building’s developer, said each penthouse will have 11-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and upgraded finishes and appliances, as well as wine refrigerators. The 25-story, $79 million apartment building is being built by Kansas City general contractor JE Dunn Construction and designed by Dallas-based architecture firm Humphreys & Partners Architects LP. The 343,000-square-foot luxury apartment complex is expected to be completed in November 2015. If One Light is successful, Baltimore-based Cordish plans to build three more similar apartment buildings near the Power & Light District. Leasing begins in the fall Cordish will be opening a sales center at 1251 Main St. on Oct. 15, a release said. The sales center will feature a full model of the One Light apartment tower, a model apartment kitchen and furnished living room, including three large LED screens for viewing apartment renderings. Those interested in living in the under-construction apartment complex can sign a waiting list on the One Light website. A release said those who sign up before the end of September will be able to put down a deposit and sign leases in October. Leasing opens to the general public in November. Rents will range from $900 to One Light adds penthouse units to meet high-end demand $3,400 a month, depending on the unit and the floor. Benjamin said more than 700 people already have signed up for One Light’s waiting list. “The amount of demand and interest so far really is unprecedented,” Benjamin said in an email. “Most units are still available, but we encourage those interested to get on the waiting list soon so as to ensure their place.”

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