- Spark KC will become a central hub for local entrepreneurs, creators and innovators to locate and grow their businesses
- Located within Two Light, Spark KC will offer an exciting opportunity for co-living - a first for the Kansas City startup ecosystem
Kansas City, MO /PRNewswire/ - The Cordish Companies, Kansas City Power & Light District and Two Light Luxury Apartments are excited to announce a new collaborative workspace for downtown Kansas City: Spark KC. The coworking space, set to open late 2018, will support the growing Kansas City entrepreneurial community, placing members within close proximity to hundreds of successful businesses, dining options and entertainment within the Power & Light District and downtown Kansas City. Located within Two Light, Spark KC will also offer an exciting opportunity for co-living – a first for the Kansas City startup ecosystem and an innovative approach to downtown residential living.
Two Light Luxury Apartments, the second of four planned high-rise apartment buildings to be built by The Cordish Companies within the nine-block perimeter of the Power & Light District, joins One Light as the second new construction high-rise apartment building in the last 50 years in downtown Kansas City. Construction on the 24-story building will be completed a month earlier than anticipated, allowing residents to move into their new luxury apartment homes as early as May 4, 2018.
"We are thrilled to announce the first significant addition of office space in the Power & Light District since the opening of H&R Block," said Nick Benjamin, Vice President of Development for The Cordish Companies and Executive Director of the Kansas City Power & Light District. "With the rapid growth of the downtown population, the demand for downtown office space is higher than it has been in many years, and a large segment of that demand is looking for a coworking environment. Spark KC will be an ideal collaborative workspace for the Kansas City community, and we are very excited that it will be the pioneer for live-work opportunities in this market."
Spark launched its initial venue in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor in 2016, welcoming 110 companies in its first two years of operations. Representing a diverse community of entrepreneurial industries, Spark Baltimore has been lauded by City and State Officials as being an important asset to Baltimore's Central Business District and an entrepreneurial hub for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Spark KC will open at Two Light in the Power & Light District with the same commitment to become an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Kansas City and both Missouri and Kansas, providing first-class amenities to its members in a unique architectural setting.
"Our vision for Spark is to provide local entrepreneurs an affordable, appealing, flexible way to locate and grow their businesses," said Shervonne Cherry, Director of Community & Partnerships for Spark. "We are excited to open Spark KC at Two Light within the Power & Light District in a dynamic urban neighborhood that will allow our members' businesses to succeed and thrive. Spark KC will become a catalyst for advancing Kansas City entrepreneurship through creative space and community for decades to come."
Located in the heart of downtown Kansas City on the northeast corner of Truman Road and Walnut Street, the two-level workspace will provide local entrepreneurs and startups an affordable and efficient way to grow their businesses and teams. Spark's unique location within Two Light Luxury Apartments also provides an exciting opportunity for co-living – a first for the Kansas City startup ecosystem. Members will be able to live and collaborate within the same building and be able to take advantage of live/work packages that include technologically-advanced Spark-branded apartments. Additional top-of-the-line amenities include:
- Fully-wired apartments
- AV-equipped conference and meeting rooms
- Multiple large event spaces with catering available
- Relaxing lounge spaces with media wall
- A high-end shared kitchen
- Gourmet coffee and craft beer bar
- Reliable high-speed internet
- On-site parking
- Convenient mail service
- A dedicated Community Manager to facilitate connections, events and programs within the startup ecosystem
- Online reservation system and concierge service
- Indoor bike storage facility
"It's awesome to see another high-quality coworking option coming to the Kansas City market," said Adam Arredondo, Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Startup Foundation, one of the leading resource and support organizations for the startup ecosystem in Kansas City. "This is yet further validation of our entrepreneurial community's momentum. Co-living is a growing trend globally and as the first to be announced in Kansas City, Spark KC will add a truly unique option to our menu of coworking spaces."
"The Power & Light District has been a key anchor in our efforts to bring new companies and job creators to Kansas City," said Drew Solomon, Vice President at the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. "Spark will add more fuel to the engine of job growth in downtown Kansas City and meets a growing need for entrepreneurial collaborative space in the central business district."
Spark KC will occupy 15,000 square feet in Two Light, joining Power Life Yoga to fill out all available retail and office space in the building. Two Light will feature over 16,000 square feet of amenity space including an infinity-edge outdoor pool perched above 14th Street, an indoor pool and spa retreat, an entertainment kitchen, indoor-outdoor bar and party room and, like its sister property One Light, a building sommelier, 24-hour lobby attendant and full suite of concierge services. All apartments will have luxury wood floors, quartz countertops, porcelain and marble bathroom tile and custom-crafted European-style cabinetry and built-in furniture.
For more information on Spark KC or Two Light Luxury Apartments, please visit www.spark-kc.com or www.twolightkc.com.
About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Hospitality, Entertainment Management and International Urban Planning & Development. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies' prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter (@cordishco).
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About The Kansas City Power & Light District
The Kansas City Power & Light District is a vibrant nine-block neighborhood in the heart of downtown Kansas City that is redefining the City from its skyline to its sidewalks. The District links together the renovated Bartle Hall Convention Center, the new Sprint Center, offices, hotels, entertainment, cultural destinations and residential developments. The combination of entertainment, shopping, nightlife and residential with the District's imaginative and innovative design, has created an intriguing 24/7 neighborhood. For more information, visit www.powerandlightdistrict.com or www.facebook.com/KCPowerLightDistrict.
About Two Light Luxury Apartments
The 24-story, 296 unit, Two Light Luxury Apartments, slated to open in May 2018, is being built in the heart of the Kansas City Power & Light District at 1444 Grand Avenue in close proximity to world class dining, award-winning entertainment and luxury shopping. With expertly-curated concierge services, exclusive community activities, VIP access to venues and events around Kansas City and first floor retail space, Two Light offers unrivaled luxury and conveniences. For more information, visit, www.twolightkc.com or www.facebook.com/TwoLightKC.
Spark Coworking are collaborative workspaces for growing tech-startups, creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. As a catalyst for advancing entrepreneurship and technical innovation, Spark aims to provide entrepreneurs, creatives and innovators with community and creative space - allowing them to ignite ideas that transform into successful companies and organizations. Spark offers the unique pairing of hospitality & entrepreneurship by featuring concierge style amenities and multiple floors designed with growing companies in mind; with membership options that range from mailbox memberships and dedicated desks in shared workspaces to private offices and custom-built office suites. Spark Launched in January 2016 within the Baltimore, Maryland startup ecosystem and has grown to a coworking community of over 120 member companies made of 350 individual members. Spark is located in three up-and-coming startup hubs: Spark Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, Spark Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and Spark KC in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit https://spark-bmore.com/.