Kansas City Business Journal - Original Article
March 30, 2018
Location: 101 W. 11th St., Kansas City
Size: 103,000 square feet
Value: $36 million
Players: Brookfield Hotel Investment LLC, developer; Roseman & Associates PC, Gary Brink & Associates Inc., architects; Rosemann & Associates PC, Hoss & Brown Engineers, Shaw Electric Co., engineers; Equity Bank, U.S. Bank, CleanFund, Dougherty Funding, Central Bank of Kansas City, financiers; Rau Construction Co., general contractor; Karen Bode Baxter, preservation specialist
Description: The historic Brookfield Building, once home to the administrative offices of Fairfax Municipal Airport in Kansas, was named as one of the most dangerous buildings in Kansas City after years of neglect. The space has been renovated and now houses a boutique hotel and residential space in the heart of Kansas City.
Features: The 118-room hotel offers guests a restaurant with room service, a fitness center, state-of-the-art room amenities and valet parking. The top three floors are home to 27 residential units known as the Fairfax Lofts.
“Most brands today are very cookie-cutter,” said Neil Densmore, president of Great Lakes Management Group, a member of Brookfield Hotel Investment and the hotel’s operator. “We had the flexibility on the design to do something different. I think people traveling today want something different. You take the old and the new and the modern amenities, and it just works.”
Community impact: The building had mold, pigeon droppings and asbestos. The renovation required months of cleaning, Densmore said.
“We looked beyond that and looked at the location and what it could be as a hotel,” Densmore said. “We went in there for almost six months floor by floor and completely cleaned up the building. We took the building right back to the bones (to get it ready for renovation). It took a little vision to get beyond what it looked like when we were going through the building."
Special considerations: The group identified two themes that it merged to reflect the area’s history.
“The building was home to 20 or 22 of the railroad offices. That era was also similar to when the library on 10th Street was built. The guest rooms have more of a library theme,” he said.
Unique feature: Every guest room has a mural that supports the transportation theme.
“One is an actual postcard from someone who wrote to someone in Chicago. We purchased it off eBay and reproduced it onto wall vinyl,” Densmore said.
Another mural is an original Fairfax County Airport logo, he added.
Pat Murfey, CCIM specializes in Commercial Properties with Kansas City based real estate brokerage Evergreen Real Estate Services. Pat can be reached at 913-951-8402 or Pat@KCEvergreen.com.