Securing a ground lease for this project scope required working with multiple neighboring entities, including the University of Missouri Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Central United Methodist Church, and the Kansas City Young Matrons, a club for young married women to develop their charitable, social and educational interests, which was established in 1917. In addition to asking for a portion of land, VanTrust negotiated with the Kansas City Young Matrons to physically move their historic clubhouse building to a new site adjacent to UMKC’s campus where it has undergone expansion and renovation.
Brookside 51 features amenities such as controlled access, a structured parking garage, an on-site fitness center, an on-demand trainer, massage room, an on-site clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen and game area that opens to an amenity deck, which includes a yoga terrace, fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and bar area, a water lounge, and a large projector hanging from the parking garage. The courtyard also includes barbecue grills, a community garden, and a water feature.
Whole Foods was carefully selected as the ground floor anchor tenant, and the UMKC Student Health and Wellness Center is also located on the first floor, leasing 11,000 square feet of space. Brookside 51 was the winner of the 2016 Cornerstone Award, recognized for its contribution to the growth of Kansas City’s economy by the Kansas City Economic Development Council, as well as the 2016 Capstone Award for Best Mixed-Use Development of the Year by the Kansas City Business Journal.