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An Urban Live-Work-Play Zone

Kansas City Power & Light District
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“There’s an increased sense of pride in downtown, and thereby our city. The district has gone beyond just restoring – it has become an entertainment district to rival anything in the country.”

Jon Stephens
Former president, Power & Light District

As a catalyst for the continued revitalization of Kansas City’s urban core, the Kansas City Power & Light District encompasses three million square feet.

This innovative “live-work-play” district integrates office, retail, residential and entertainment venues over seven city blocks.

Featuring pedestrian-friendly proportions, multiple entry points, broad sidewalks with narrow streets, open storefronts, public art and extensive green space, the design is highlighted by a public piazza. These elements generate activity at the pedestrian level, giving the district a distinct urban neighborhood feel. Service retail spaces, including a grocery store and health club, strengthen the district’s long-term viability.

To provide an authentic Kansas City experience, materials and colors are rooted in the historic downtown architecture. 

Located adjacent to the Sprint Center, the mixed-use district has spurred additional development in the surrounding area, helping to make downtown Kansas City a place where people want to be.

The Cordish Company developed the district as part of a public-private partnership with the city of Kansas City and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. HOK was architect of record, with Beyer Blinder Belle of New York providing conceptual design. 

SIZE

3 million sq. ft. / 278,710 sq. m.
20 acres / 8 hectares

SERVICES

Architecture

AWARDS

Urban Land Institute – Award for Excellence

International Council of Shopping Centers – Gold US Design and Development Award

Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award for Community Impact