City of Lenexa Selects Copaken Brooks as Master Developer

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2005
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Beccy Yocham
Planning & Development Director
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Lenexa moves forward in selecting New City Center developer
Governing Body accepts steering committee’s recommendation of Copaken, White & Blitt

Lenexa, Kansas – The City of Lenexa is another step closer to turning its citizens’ dream of a new City Center into reality. At the July 26 Special Call City Council meeting, the Governing Body accepted the City Center steering committee’s recommendation to enter into negotiations with Copaken, White & Blitt to serve as the selected master developer.

The Governing Body authorized city staff to begin the first step toward a final development agreement by exclusively negotiating with the Copaken team.

The steering committee recommendation comes after several months of careful review of developers’ responses to the city’s Request for Qualifications and interviews with the candidates. Initially, five outstanding developers responded to the Request for Qualifications. In April, the steering committee narrowed the search to two finalists who participated in Phase Two of the selection process and made formal committee presentations in July regarding their conceptual vision for the project.

We are looking forward to working with Copaken, White & Blitt as we move forward with this important project,” said Mayor Mike Boehm. “Both finalists presented impressive plans for Lenexa City Center, but the committee ultimately recommended the Copaken team because their vision is most closely aligned with the vision of the city,” he said.

We are pleased to have been selected by the project steering committee and the Lenexa City Council for such a prominent project,” said Keith Copaken, principal with Copaken, White & Blitt and development team spokesman. “Our team, which includes BNIM Architects, Wallace, Roberts & Todd, and J. E. Dunn Construction, among others, has a depth of experience and a passion for large scale mixed-use projects. We see Lenexa City Center as a unique opportunity to shape and create an entire community.”

Copaken, White & Blitt is a family-owned commercial real estate development, management and leasing firm, which has operated in Kansas City for the past 83 years. Some of the firm’s notable projects include the Nordstrom expansion at Oak Park Mall, the Plaza Colonnade, a mixed-use office building including the Kansas City Public Library at 49th and Main Street, Town Pavilion, 1201 Walnut Building and the former NCAA National Headquarters building.

The City Center project grew out of the 1997 community visioning process, “Lenexa Vision 2020.” City Center, a mixed-use, new urbanism development planned for the southwest corner of 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard, will be created as a premier destination point, combining public gathering areas such as parks, plazas, a community activity center and other public buildings with shops, restaurants, offices, and a diverse mix of residential spaces such as townhouses, apartments and lofts.

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