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Lathrop Gage Aids in Development of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

10/17/2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 17, 2011) – Making its debut Friday, September 16, the long-awaited vision of Muriel McBrien Kauffman, a civic leader and philanthropist in Kansas City, Mo., for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has finally come to life. The center, which after Muriel’s death was driven by her daughter Julia Irene Kauffman, has two state of the art main performance halls and will be home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Symphony. Lathrop Gage is proud to be a part of making this vision a reality.

Since 2003, Lathrop Gage has served as principal development attorney for the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Inc., a not-for-profit group formed to aid the development of the center. The firm handled construction contracts regarding the development of the two performance halls, as well as organizing the infrastructure enhancements around the center – assisting in negotiating a series of agreements with the City of Kansas City regarding rezoning to extend streetscape design, the replacement and improvement of street lights, the construction of a pedestrian-friendly highway bridge, and renovation of two streets near the center.

The firm aided in the development agreement for the $47 million, 1,000 space parking garage for the performing arts center with the City of Kansas City, helping determine that the garage would be a joint venture between the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Inc. and the city. This joint venture formed the not for profit organization, Community Improvement District, which developed and owns the parking garage. Additionally, the firm handled all of the leases with the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Symphony.

The attorneys who represent this project include Jerry Riffel (Real Estate – Kansas City), the principal development attorney for the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Inc., Peter Brown (Wealth Strategies – Kansas City), Doug Loos (Real Estate – Kansas City), Kathleen Hauser (Real Estate – Kansas City), and Nancy Marks, a paralegal for the real estate department of the Kansas City office. Lathrop Gage continues to represent the Community Improvement District, the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Inc., and any future entertainment contracts.

About Lathrop Gage LLP:
A full-service law firm, Lathrop Gage LLP has more than 320 attorneys in 12 offices nationwide – from Los Angeles to New York. In 2011, Chambers USA ranked Lathrop Gage’s corporate, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and transportation teams among the best in their regions. For more information, visit www.lathropgage.com.