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Second Street Corridor

Kansas City, Missouri

Confluence was selected to implement the streetscape recommendations of the Corridor Infrastructure and Development Plan for the Second Street Corridor in the historic River Market District of downtown Kansas City. Long used for railroad access to the River Market, the corridor presented a unique set of issues and opportunities. While developers had begun converting long abandoned warehouses and factories into residential lofts and office/retail spaces, renewal efforts were delayed due to the lack of a street.

In addition to the need for access to these new developments, the goal was to create a pedestrian focused environment to reconnect the River Market with the Missouri River. This corridor presents interpretive opportunities to tell the story of the history of the River Market’s development as well as expand on the story of the Town of Kansas, the original settlement on the river that grew into Kansas City.

The streetscape design includes integration of public artwork and a unique “light wall” feature placed along the edge of an existing power substation. This award winning project has been a key factor in the realization of over $120 million dollars of reinvestment in the corridor since completion.