Luxury apartment complex in KCK succeeding

An open house and ribbon-cutting was held April 17 for the Village West Luxury Apartments at 11024 Delaware Parkway in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kan. The apartments are on 110th between State and Parallel, near The Legends Outlets. (Photo by Bridget Koan)

The first large luxury apartment complex in decades in Wyandotte County is doing well and poised to announce its second phase.

The Village West Luxury Apartments, 11024 Delaware Parkway in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kan., held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening last week.

Brent Miles, vice president of NorthPoint Development, the developer, said that two buildings in the first phase are complete and a third building is nearly complete. The three buildings have a total of 306 apartment units.

In phase two, another 300-plus units are planned, which will give the project around 616 total units, Miles said.

The second phase is scheduled to start this summer with a projected opening in the fall of 2015, he said. Each phase has a cost in the $30 million range, for a total project cost of $60 million.

“Wyandotte County hasn’t really seen a luxury apartment project for a number of years,” Miles said. “What we’ve built sets the bar at a new level.”

The luxury apartment complex has salt water pools, a concierge service, an on-site masseuse, and state-of-the-art fitness center. And it’s within walking distance of The Legends, other stores and attractions. The location near The Legends Outlets was the key, Miles said.

“We just wanted to build the highest level possible,” Miles said.

When it was first announced it was expected that some new employees at the nearby Cerner office complex may want to live there.  Some Cerner employees have decided to live there, but the complex also is seeing employees from the University of Kansas, the Army base at Ft. Leavenworth, the Unified Government, Board of Public Utilities and other places, he said.

Miles said the apartments have had a very good reception, with a large number of renters signing up.

Legends Outlets to add two places to eat

Two new businesses have been announced for The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan.
They are Pizza Studio, a fast casual restaurant chain based in Los Angeles, Calif., and sweetFrog, a frozen yogurt chain based in Richmond, Va.
The yogurt store will open this spring and the Pizza Studio plans to open this summer.
Both restaurants offer customers a “create your own” food format.
The yogurt store, with 1,588 square feet, to be located across from Uniform Destination, allows customers to make their own soft-serve creations from many flavors and toppings. Yogurt options include many flavors as well as nonfat, low-fat, sugar-free and sorbet options.
The Pizza Studio, with 2,542 square feet, allows customers to create their own custom, individual-sized pizza. Customers choose from an assortment of crusts, sauces, cheeses, meats and vegetables. The restaurant is known for its light and thin, crispy crusts with unlimited toppings for custom-built pizzas. It also offers specialty pizzas and salads.
The restaurant’s location at The Legends Outlets, next to Christopher and Banks, will be the first of at least six Pizza Studios in Greater Kansas City as the chain expands into the Midwest.

Job fair to be Wednesday at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge

Looking for a job? Then mark your calendars for the 2014 Workplace-Kansas City Job Fair at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 in the KCKCC Field House, 7250 State Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the job fair is to connect employers who are hiring with students and community residents that are looking for employment,” said Linda Wyatt, director of career planning and placement at KCKCC.

The list of employers includes:

·         Aerotek

·         AT-Tech Technical Staffing

·         Alenco Inc.

·         Cerner Corp.

·         Coca Cola Refreshments

·         Deffenbaugh Industries Inc.

·         DeVry University

·         Economic Opportunity Foundation

·         Fed Ex Ground

·         Frito Lay

·         Gear For Sports

·         Girl Scouts of NE KS and NW MO

·         Hollywood Casino

·         KCKCC-TEC

·         Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities

·         Kansas City, Mo., Police Department

·         Kansas National Guard

·         Liquid Education

·         Long Motor Corp.

·         Mosaic

·         North Kansas City Hospital

·         Olathe, Kan., Police Dept.

·         PACES

·         Pipefitters Local Union

·         Primerica Financial Services

·         Quintiles Phase I Services

·         7th Street Casino

·         Schlitterbahn Waterpark

·         Sheraton and Westin KC Crown Center

·         State Street Corp.

·         Swope Health Services

·         TJ Maxx

·         The Forum at Overland Park

·         The University of Kansas Hospital

·         Truman Medical Center

·         Unified Government of Kansas City, Kan., – Wyandotte County

·         UPS

·         Workforce Partnership

“A job fair gives the job seeker an opportunity to talk to many employers who are hiring at one time,” Wyatt said. “It also allows the job seeker to make contacts that can be followed up on and that can lead to employment.”

Participants should dress professionally and have resumes on hand. They will have the opportunity to visit with all of the area employers as well as fill out job applications. The job fair is sponsored by the Career Center and KCKCC.

For more information, call 913-288-7644.