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While home maintenance improves property values, our local businesses make a significant contribution to Gladstone as well. This past year, many business owners created new establishments, revived older buildings and added new signage that enhanced the attraction of our city.

During the past year, we have welcomed many new companies to Gladstone. The building at 7001 N. Locust St. is now iWerx, Gladstone’s first dedicated co-working space and business incubator. Summit Grill opened their third and largest restaurant at the Heights Linden Square in downtown Gladstone. The chef-driven menu features brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner.

Stone Canyon Pizza moved into the space at 504 NE 70th St. and offers a full lunch and dinner menu, including their pizza. Pikes Place Donuts opened at 1914 NE 72nd St. with the “Best Donuts in the Northland” award their first year.

The former Gladstone Flowers building was given new life as The 58 and houses a beauty salon and T-shirt imprint business.

Octapharma Plasma opened at 6400 N. Oak in the old Walgreens location. They collect plasma used to create life-saving medicines for patients around the world.

The Royal Park Apartments, formerly French Riviera, had a complete transformation inside and out. Renovations include granite and stainless kitchens, balconies, a recreation room and pool.

Still under construction is The Grand Royale at 2900 NE Kendallwood Road. This European-inspired senior living facility has a move-in date of Jan. 1. Also under construction is a brand new Wendy’s at 6303 NE Antioch Road, and The Wash House, an upscale laundromat at 6309 N. Antioch Road.

Gladstone’s first hotel, the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, will begin construction this fall at the former Santa Fe Glass site at 69th and North Oak. With 109 rooms, approximately 67,000 square feet and about 90 parking spots, there will be plenty of space for visiting family and friends.

North Kansas City Schools purchased the Hobby Lobby building on 64th Street and Antioch Road to expand the district’s pre-K program and consolidate all early childhood special education students into one location to better accommodate the needs of students.

Several businesses invested in complete remodels of their existing spaces this year including Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken on Antioch Road. Hy-Vee is undergoing a major remodel of their grocery store and Fast & Fresh Express station on 7117 N. Prospect, as well as adding an Aisles Online Kiosk for picking up online orders.

New signage made a great impact along our main corridors. You may have noticed the new look of Northtowne Hyundai, iStorage and Quality Plaza Shopping Center along North Oak Trafficway and The Shops at Kendallwood on Antioch Road. New signs were also added at Certified Radon, CEK Insurance, Edward Jones Investments, Academy Bank and Liberty Bank.

We also want to recognize and thank our existing business partners for continuing to invest in and serve the Gladstone community. Their commitment to Gladstone keeps our city alive and growing.

From completely new spaces to modernized existing ones, businesses breathe new life into our city. They provide us with new places to enjoy and new reasons to live, shop and play in Gladstone.

This article is the eleventh of a monthly series from the city of Gladstone to help residents understand maintenance regulations and enforcement.