Project Updates and Community Impact

2020 Year in Review | KC Lofts Bring Revitalization East of Fifth

The Kansas City Street Lofts at the corner of East Boulevard and Kansas City Street were well underway in 2020, bringing three stories of residential and one floor of commercial suites to the School of Mines corridor and Rapid City’s “East of Fifth” designation.

Crews completed all the dirt work, foundations, and began framing in 2020 for move-in to the complex slated for mid-2021.

Rundown Cabins to Revitalized Corridor

The “before” of the KC Lofts project was the site of 1 home and 5 small cabins that had become dilapidated and rundown after years of neglect. 

There were rotting floors, asbestos, walls falling apart, unclean conditions, roofs in need of repair, and in the highly popular School of Mines residential district, only room for a handful of residents on a few very large lots. 

While sometimes change is unwanted and unwelcome – as people come to love what’s always been around – we can only hope the residents of Rapid City’s downtown are excited to have fresh, new, clean, sturdy apartments that can serve this community for another several decades and offer a beautiful suite overlooking downtown. 

We’ll also make room for 10x the amount of residents, helping to fill the gap not only for student housing, but workforce housing for professionals at the incoming Ascent Innovation complex and numerous other downtown offices. 

Framing Begins Giving Shape to the Project

After demo, dirtwork, and foundation installation, we are FINALLY seeing work on the framing of the KC Lofts project. 

While all of those elements are certainly key to a successful project, it’s framing that really steals the show and brings real fervor and excitement to a project like this. Now that we can finally see the project taking shape, we can start to envision what each apartment will be like – how big is it, what is the feel, how does this complex change the landscape of Downtown Rapid City? All of the plans and drawings become real and tangible and concrete and get us excited to have residents living in this complex beginning summer of next year.

Even more, it seems the framing crews are on fire getting the three residential stories completed in a flash – soaking up this mild winter (and often sunny!) weather to move this project along quick. 

So many disciplines have to be coordinated at once to maximize efficiency and choreograph service installation to make sure the project is completed without a hitch. Grateful for some amazing local crews helping us on this project. 

Mixed Use Means Businesses and Tenants Have a Home at KC Lofts

The KC Lofts project is a mixed use complex offering commercial suites on the bottom floor and residential suites on floors two through four.

This means we have a little something for everyone with 4 commercial suites for local businesses available and then room for those owners and operators to reside on the upper levels. 

We are also hopeful this complex will provide a much needed infill of student and workforce housing for the nearby School of Mines, the local Beauty Colleges, and many other offices in the downtown corridor. 

The KC Lofts project is a part of Dream Design’s larger commitment to the downtown area, complementing 3 other large scale residential projects for the nearby School of Mines and other local colleges. With multiple SDSMT graduates on staff, we have a sweet spot for bringing new life to this area and providing safe, affordable housing for these students and working professionals within the area.

Residential suites are anticipated by June 2021. If you’re interested in getting on the waitlist for one of these suites, please contact the Dream Design team.

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