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Power & Light Apartments Give Iconic Building New Life

Downtown Kansas City’s living options grow (and impress) with Power & Light Apartments.

Photos by Jacia Phillips

You can now live in a Kansas City’s landmark. Power & Light Apartments, housed in the Power & Light Building at 106 W. 14th St., celebrated its ribbon cutting July 19th.

Originally opened in 1931 as Kansas City Power & Light’s headquarters, the 34-story (including the lantern at the top) skyscraper was Missouri’s tallest building until the 1970s and serves as a prime example of Art Deco architecture. Riverside, MO-based NorthPoint Development purchased the building in 2014 and converted it into luxury apartment units.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Joe Reardon praised the project at the ribbon cutting, saying it “absolutely saves a part of Kansas City’s heritage.”

Mayor Sly James echoed that sentiment, calling Power & Light Apartments “a jewel of rebuilding.”

In addition to renovating the Power & Light building for the apartments, NorthPoint also constructed a new building to the north. Connected via a skywalk, the two properties will include 291 units when construction winds down at the end of the year. Floors 16-30 are currently move-in ready in the Historic Tower, with 40 units already occupied.

A variety of one- and two-bedroom floorplans (priced from $995 for a studio to $3,600 for a large upper-level two-bedroom with a terrace) are available, featuring high-end finishes such as solid wood cabinetry, Italian Calacatta quartzite countertops and backsplashes, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and stylish modern hardware and lighting. Additionally, select units feature terraces, soaking tubs, spacious glass tiled showers and large bars and islands.

While the finishes are modern, the Power & Light Building’s history can be felt throughout, especially in the elevator bay and grand hall, which will serve as an event space able to accommodate 300-500 people called The Grand Hall at Power & Light. Terrazzo flooring and marble accents throughout are original, and NorthPoint also restored building’s iconic lights, only a fraction of which have been on view in recent years.

The lights ensure the building’s exterior remains a sight to behold, but looking out from the top of the building makes for an even better view. Accessible from the 31st floor, a 360-degree terrace lets onlookers take in all of downtown and beyond.

The 31st floor is also home to the Beacon Lounge, a resident area resembling a swanky cocktail lounge. Other amenities are located in the basement, where residents can watch a movie in the screening room, work out in a large gym, get zen in the meditation room, or unwind in the spa and dry sauna. A private rooftop pool set to open in the spring, reserved garage parking, a grilling area and concierge services are among other building comforts.

Impressed? You’re not the only one.

“This is one of the most major accomplishments in a series of accomplishments downtown,” James said during his remarks. “There’s so much good stuff happening downtown now that it’s almost unbelievable.”