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A design rendering for The Residences at Renner 95. Image via Lenexa planning documents.
A combination of a new sales tax, grants and industrial revenue bonds will help breathe new life into an abandoned office building in Lenexa that once housed the headquarters for the Kiewit engineering firm.
Located at 9401 Renner Blvd., the five-story building is slated to turn into apartments and office space. The developer, Renner Associates LLC, is also planning to add a new building to the property. Renner Associates is a limited liability corporation led by Block Real Estate Services.
The Lenexa City Council on Nov. 21 approved a Community Improvement District sales tax, an Economic Development Grant, and industrial revenue bonds to help acquire, construct, and equip what is dubbed the Renner 95 mixed-use project.
The city council voted 7-0 for each portion of funding. Councilmember Joe Karlin was absent.

To help with costs, the city council approved the following:
With the vote being part of Mayor Michael Boehm’s final city council meeting, he reflected on the process it took to get to the city council’s vote.
“There was a wrestling match on this on a number of meetings over the last few months,” he said. “As usual, we came out to a compromise that works for everyone.”
Julie Sayers, councilmember and mayor-elect, spoke highly of the process and that both the city and developer were flexible in reimagining how the property is used.
“I think this is such a wonderful example of adaptive reuse, because an empty building isn’t good for anyone,” she said. “To see this turning into mixed development meets the needs of our comprehensive plan and then, it provides additional housing at this location. I think it’s a good model and shows as an example to other cities what you can do with a building that’s not being used.”
Outgoing Vouncilmember Dan Roh also praised the project.
“This is exactly what you want to do in this particular area for this kind of thing. This is a game changer,” he said.
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