About mid-summer, Centric Projects will move to its new home at 18th & Main. We are all really excited about our new space: we’re still in the heart of the Crossroads, we have the opportunity to renovate a blighted building for a new life, we have additional parking and direct access (right outside our front door) to the new streetcar line, we will have higher visibility, and we will be able to accommodate almost double the staff we have today. Win-win-win-win-win.
But it’s still bittersweet. When we found our current space at 2024 Main, it was a dusty 1,000 square foot former art gallery wedged into a corner next to a much larger building, and it’s only exterior window was a garage door! But we made it our home, first with three tables put together, then four, then eight. And we had good friends help us outfit it – Westhues Electric with recycled lights from the Leawood Library, C.S. Humphrey with casework built from leftover materials from KCP&L’s headquarters and the Kansas City Chiefs’ team store, and Dimensional Innovations with a cool metal sign.
We stayed in that space almost three years, ultimately expanding into Third Eye Productions’ studio space, and creating an open kitchen area and expanded gallery space. We added ramps to make up the differences between all floor levels – and even had Mike Wiley, the Chief Marketing Officer of The Whole Person, consult with us on the universal accessibility of the space.
And we hosted dozens of First Friday events – for our own associates and families, for kids from Corinth, Prairie and St. Peter’s schools, for the Fair Community Credit Association, for ImpactKC, for CORO Kansas City, for clients, friends, and partners. We hosted shows by Tom Strongman, Jennifer Bricker-Pugh, Michael Molick, Kansas City Art Institute, and “Canvas in Your Pocket,” a show highlighting the photography of social media. We had the Hello Art Trolley stop by twice to see performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Pippin” by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The space at 2024 Main has in many ways come to define who we are.
So it is with a heavy heart that we leave Russ Hadley and Third Eye Productions at 2024 Main…it was a perfect first home for our company. And we are happy to turn it over to a new occupant, Patti Phillips and the National Association of Women’s Collegiate Athletic Administrators. May they enjoy the good “mojo” (as Patti puts it) in that space for years to come.
Thanks to the team that has helped us find and design our new space – Rollie Fors and Ross Simpson at Colliers International; Jim Potter and Chris Sally of Development Initiatives; Jacob Littrell, Eric Linebarger and Alissa Wehmueller at 360 Architecture; and Dan Maginn, Sean Slattery and Daniel Renner at eldorado inc. We look forward to being neighbors with HighTower, a cool commercial furniture company that features the work of independent designers. And we’re thrilled to still be part of the best neighborhood in Kansas City – the Crossroads. So while we will miss our home, we’re excited to be home.