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The Crossing at KU – Dynamic Development Planned for West District
Jodi Bouyack
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The Crossing at KU, a vibrant mixed-use development, is coming to the west side of the University of Kansas Lawrence campus. Located at the intersection of 21st and Iowa streets, the development will include retail, dining and living spaces and offer a unique environment to live, work, play and discover. The project is expected to attract and retain companies, researchers and entrepreneurs that support opportunities created by a major international research university.

The Crossing is near the research and office facilities of KU Innovation Park and will position the region for future growth. KU Endowment acquired much of the property — known today as the West District — in 1942 with the intent to support the university. Funding for the project will come from two primary sources: rental income from tenants and start-up funding from KU Endowment for the initial investment in infrastructure.

“The primary objective of the development is to set the KU research enterprise apart from other universities by creating an environment to attract the next generation of companies and researchers that align with KU’s strengths,” said Monte Soukup, KU Endowment senior vice president of property.

One of the more exciting aspects of the project is determining who will occupy space in The Crossing. The development is envisioned to bring new businesses to the Lawrence market, offering products and services that do not currently exist or are underserved in the area. This is a special opportunity to create a destination that reflects the unique character and charm of Lawrence. The Crossing at KU will bring together academia, residents and visitors to create innovation, encourage curiosity and strengthen the entire community.

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