A high-growth automotive technology firm has signed a 10-year lease on the top two floors of the Lightwell office building in downtown Kansas City.
DealerCue Automotive Corp., which does business as VINCUE, will occupy Lightwell’s 15,000-square-foot penthouse suite — a two-floor panoramic space connected by private stairs on the tower’s 29th and 30th floors. VINCUE will establish its new headquarters at Lightwell, at 1100 Main St., with space to accommodate more than 80 employees.
“We are thrilled to announce the relocation of our headquarters to the modern and dynamic environment at Lightwell,” VINCUE CEO Chris Hoke said in a release. “As we embark on the next phase of our growth, our ability to attract top talent is more important than ever. Our new space at Lightwell is both a reflection of our team’s hard-earned success, and a pivotal element in attracting the talent we need to join us as we grow.”
VINCUE’s lease represents a continuation of office momentum for Lightwell since owner SomeraRoad Inc., of New York., in 2021 completed a $21 million renovation of the building’s lobby, common areas and amenity offerings. The auto firm’s lease follows one of the city’s largest 2023 office deals, an 80,000-square-foot lease signed in September with the Federal Aviation Administration. It also adds yet another tech company to Lightwell’s tenant roster, ranks that include PayIt, Backlot Cars and Veeva Systems, which announced a 10,000-square-foot lease in March.
“It’s great to see other innovative technology firms lease space at lightwell and contribute to the amazing community here,” John Thomson, PayIt Founder and CEO, said in the release. “PayIt has been at Lightwell since 2020, and it’s been an amazing, highly-amenitized environment for our company to grow in.”
SomeraRoad acquired Lightwell, formerly City Center Square, in 2019 and completed a $63 million refinancing through Security Bank of Kansas City in late 2022. Lightwell ranked fourth on KCBJ’s most recent Largest Multitenant Office Buildings List, with 667,222 leasable square feet at 70% occupancy as of Oct. 20.
“Our team was incredibly intentional with the updates made to Lightwell, and it’s encouraging to see the strong reception from leading businesses looking for best-in-class office space,” Grant Hromas, a vice president of development and Kansas City office lead for SomeraRoad, said in the release.