Over the last 15 years, we have undertaken and successfully completed projects many would not consider possible. These projects are thanks to the relentless pursuit of place by our team, community engagement, public/private partnerships, and creating accessible housing for our neighbors. See our recent successes below.
These lots formerly housed a historic hotel, shops, and a Henry's Hamburgers restaurant. After four decades of blight, vacancy and a doomed run at historic designation for the Alana Hotel, the buildings were demolished by the City in the early 2000s and have been vacant ever since.
Exact Architects has designed two identical four story multifamily buildings with various floorplans and layouts to suit the varied family sizes and desired rental rates for the neighborhood. The design adheres to the Troost Overlay Design Plan's transparency requires and balconettes further visually brighten and incorporate the units into the neighborhood.
ORIGINAL USE | Alana Hotel Apartments est. 1928
NEW USE | Apartments + Commercial Space
TOTAL INVESTMENT | MM
PROJECT SIZE | Two 22,157 SF Buildings
INCENTIVES USED | LCRA Development Area
The former Hawthorne Hotel, a 10-floor apartment hotel opened in 1928, was added to the National Historic Register in 1979 and fell into vacancy and disrepair shortly thereafter. Efforts over the past two decades to renovate this Spanish revival-style hotel with Moorish and Baroque elements fizzled due to lack of funding and steep depopulation of Midtown over the past 50 years.
Exact leapt at the opportunity to restore 118 affordable housing units into the neighborhood which has become majority single family homes, out of economic reach to many Kansas Citians. To achieve this goal, the Netherland team applied for and were awarded tax abatement and a construction bond from the PIEA, as well as state and federal historic tax credits. Along with offering majority rents at 30% median area income or below, the planned Streetcar Extension line affords an opportunity for tenants to access goods, services and entertainment while conserving their income.
Despite opening its doors mid-pandemic, the Netherland has stabilized quickly at 95% occupancy.
In an effort to also contribute to the resurgence of the Main Street commercial corridor, Exact has partnered with the experienced owners/operators of The Julep to create the Canary, a bar and bistro.
ORIGINAL USE | Hotel est. 1920s
NEW USE | 98 One Bed & Studio, 20 STRs, Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
TOTAL INVESTMENT | 22.4 MM
PROJECT SIZE | 96,130 SF
INCENTIVES USED | PIEA Construction Bond, Historic Tax Credits, PIEA Tax Abatement
The former Immaculata High School spans a block in the middle of downtown Leavenworth. The well-traveled community of Leavenworth is largely populated by those employed by the military training fort located there, making for a community hungry for extended stay hotel living.
This project will contain a mix of one bed units, as well as bunkroom style offerings for larger groups. The former school’s theater has been modernized to accommodate small conferences and community events.
ORIGINAL USE | Catholic High School est. 1890s
NEW USE | 60 Hotel Rooms, Auditorium, Salon, Spa and Gymnasium
TOTAL INVESTMENT | 8 MM
PROJECT SIZE | 52,856 SF
INCENTIVES USED | New Market Tax Credits, Kansas Historic Tax Credits
The Campbell Baking Co. factory, established 1915, shuttered its doors after nearly a century as a Kansas City staple that provided food and jobs for thousands of Kansas City residents. Inspired to preserve its Romanesque Revival features and to reinvigorate the graffiti-scrawled blight for the benefit of its neighbors, Exact converted the blighted Wonder Bread factory into modern housing and commercial storefronts to add fuel to existing neighborhood efforts to bridge the social and economic divide of Troost.
Exact secured tax abatement from the PIEA to ensure affordability for residential tenants long term. New Market Tax Credits were awarded through a partnership with AltCap, giving Exact the ability to attract commercial tenants to a re-emerging economic space by financing their buildouts with 0% interest long term loans.
The Wonder Shops + Flats’ developers sought service, civic and wellness-oriented partners, like BikeWalkKC’s headquarters, Homeroom Health pediatric medical clinic, RideKC Development Corporation, Love Is Key therapeutic bakery and The Combine Pizza and Deli to join their catalyst project and create an estimated 80 jobs. The 87 modern apartments with an industrial edge within the historic Wonder have attracted a diverse tenant mix of age groups, backgrounds, and professions dedicated to the revitalization of Troost.
ORIGINAL USE | Commercial Baking Factory est. 1915
NEW USE | 87 One & Two Bed Lofts, 16 Commercial Spaces, Rooftop Event Space
TOTAL INVESTMENT | 16MM
PROJECT SIZE | 103,722 SF
INCENTIVES USED | Missouri Historic Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits, PIEA Tax Abatement
Though boarded up and graffiti-covered for two decades, the Acme Cleansing Company’s eye-catching Neoclassical façade overlooking the intersection of Linwood and Gillham in the heart of Midtown Kansas City made the building a perfect candidate for preservation. As notoriously blighted as it was beautiful, many plans for the Acme’s reuse were proposed over the years to save the building by hopeful Midtowners. However, its former use as a household good and upholstery dry cleaner indicated environmental issues that placed financial feasibility of restoration in limbo.
Exact Partners purchased the former Acme Cleansing Co Building from The Land Bank of Kansas City in 2017, eager to take on the site’s remediation needs and to assist in the long-needed reinvigoration of the Martini Corner district. The developer applied for both state and historic tax credits and was awarded a 10-year tax abatement from the LCRA.
The Kansas City Artists Coalition transformed the commercial space located behind the Acme’s main entrance into their new headquarters and gallery. Exact Partners also helped them to develop seven leasable working artist studios that span the Acme’s ground level, creating an opportunity to self-sustain their gallery operations while making the most of an often-underutilized space.
Exact maximized the impact of the remaining square footage, carving out 28 unique and affordable residential studios and one-bed apartments as well as a roof deck with indoor clubhouse. The residential units feature EnergyStar appliances, thermally broken double pane windows, LED lighting, smart thermostats and efficiency HVAC systems, and dual flush toilets to increase the project’s sustainability and lower the financial impact for renters. The introduction of new housing and commercial space into this formerly blighted area has been a key contributor to the ongoing revitalization of the Linwood Corridor and Martini Corner district.
ORIGINAL USE | Laundry Cleaning Facility est. 1925
NEW USE | 28 Loft, Art Gallery & Working Artist Studios
TOTAL INVESTMENT | 4.5M
PROJECT SIZE | 25,664 SF
INCENTIVES USED | Missouri Historic Tax Credits, LCRA Tax Abatement
HL29 Modern Flats, a former elementary school located in a quaint neighborhood in historic Saint Joseph, Missouri, has been recently converted into luxury living with hotel-style amenities. This property oﬀers spacious studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments with a rich, industrial feel. The unique community combines architectural history with modern architectural styling.
ORIGINAL USE | High School est. 1929
NEW USE | 39 Two Bed, One Bed & Studio Lofts
TOTAL INVESTMENT | 5M
PROJECT SIZE | 41,175 SF
INCENTIVES USED | Missouri Historic Tax Credits