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Downtown innovation district: Developers envision 30-story Lightwell project as its own startup hub

By October 1, 2019 March 6th, 2020 No Comments

It’s possible the Lightwell building’s exterior hasn’t been cleaned since 1977, joked Tim Schaffer as he walked a vine-wrapped rooftop terrace that overlooks downtown Kansas City.

“It was totally unintentional, the way it came together,” Schaffer, president of AREA Real Estate Advisors, said of the multi-million-dollar office redevelopment project that’s quickly evolved into what Schaffer and the Lightwell team liken to a downtown innovation district.