Contrastingly, heading toward downtown and looking up at One Park Place it’s kind of depressing to see that the building has pretty much gone dark.
Of course, whenever reps from the this project are questioned about their lack of tenants they offer up phony, misleading and overly optimistic answers about the place. But just a tiny bit of personal observation will lead any observer to the conclusion that there’s just NOBODY living there judging by a quick look at the lights glowing after dark (or lack thereof) in the building.
The lack of success isn’t just a testament to the crappy economy, it’s also a great look at the hopes and dreams of developers gone dark in this cowtown.
Reece & Nichols now handles this hot mess. They’re probably the most qualified to try and sell condos to the mostly dark building because they’re pushing empty luxury places all over town.
But last night when I looked up as ONLY ONE light on among the entire South face of the building, I couldn’t help but notice that it looks almost like a bit of local, high-priced blight. Originally, there was a plan to put in additional luxury housing and a gated community around Penn Valley Park. This was seen as a good thing because for the past 20 years the local news had only profiled the place as a venue for dangerous, anonymous and random homosexual hookups. Still, I can’t help but think that there was at least more acton going on back in those days – albeit life threatening and illegal. Whereas now the place is simply nothing more than a dead zone as this attempt at Kansas City re-branding looks like a giant vacancy overlooking this town.