Ragan Building Opens as Newest Platinum-Style Urban Apartment Home Building in Historic Union Hill Neighborhood

Second Stone Crafted Platinum Lifestyle Building, Modeled After Chicago’s Lincoln Park, is Part of New Multi-Million Development Phase

KANSAS CITY, MO. (September 5, 2014) – The stone-crafted Ragan Building, a new Platinum Lifestyle apartment home, is officially open in Union Hill. The first new residents are moving in to the Ragan Building, inspired by the timeless buildings of Chicago’s Lincoln Park and the historic surroundings of Union Hill. This building is named after Kansas Citian Jacob Ragan, a veteran of the War of 1812 who once resided on the corner of 37th and Holmes with his family, built Kansas City’s first Christian Church on that site and was an active member of the Kansas Town Company. All existing and new buildings leased by Union Hill are named for a notable Kansas City historical figures buried in the Union Cemetery.

The Ragan Building is the second Platinum Lifestyle option to open in Union Hill, joining the recently opened Taylor Building. Union Hill previously announced the development of five new apartment home buildings, including an additional Platinum building and two Loft buildings that will incorporate retail. The new Platinum and Loft Lifestyle apartment homes create new urban leasing options in a true neighborhood as demand and interest in downtown living and activities increases. The Ragan Building is part of the Union Hill 30-year master plan for redeveloping one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods. Union Hill spans 16 blocks, nestled between Main Street on the west, Gilham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south.

Similar to the Taylor Building, the Ragan Building is stone crafted with intricate architecture and design on a residential street that complements the other historic homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments. Each building is fully modern and hard wired for multiple service providers. Based on two years of research, the new buildings add to the strength of the historic neighborhood with their timeless designs.

The new Platinum and Loft Lifestyle options add nearly 200 new lifestyle leasing options for more than 1000 residents in Union Hill. The new buildings are the second phase of the Founders development. The newest Platinum and Loft additions are known as Founders Phase Two. Founders Phase One debuted in 2006 with 227 Platinum and Classic Lifestyle apartment homes, in addition to the redevelopment of the historic Greenlease Cadillac Building into condominiums.

Overlooking Crown Center, Union Hill is near major employers, including Children’s Mercy Hospital, the fully-leased Union Station, multiple major law firms, the Federal Reserve and Hallmark Cards. A short walk from the Crossroads Arts District, Union Hill preserves history and embraces the future of Kansas City with the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, downtown Kansas City and Country Club Plaza as nearby neighbors.


In more than 30 years since the preservation and development began, nearly $200 million has already been invested in the Union Hill neighborhood, building on a history of more than 150 years. Local ownership, development, management and leadership ensure the success and stability of Union Hill as a neighborhood with dining, entertainment, services and green space. The restoration and redevelopment of Union Hill began 30 years ago with developer Bob Frye’s vision and commitment to the neighborhood, building on a history of more than 150 years.

The Ragan Building:  300 East 30th Street Platinum Apartment Homes:

  • Modeled after Chicago’s Lincoln Park with masonry and cast-stone exteriors unique to the Kansas City area at the caliber and level;
  • 23 units with one and two bedrooms both with den options;
  • Furnished lobbies and private parking garages;
  • Fully hard-wired for technology choices, including Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse;  
  • Union Hill offices are staffed seven days a week to assist residents with package delivery, property services and leasing questions;  
  • Elegant condominium design with brick terraces and balconies;
  • Open floor plans with luxury plank floors in the living and dining areas;
  • Large walk-in closets;
  • Separate laundry room equipped with full size washer and dryer; 
  • Kitchen with walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances;
  • Storage available in each building;
  • On-site management, 24-hour emergency maintenance;
  • Access to private resident state-of-the-art Union Hill Athletic Club;

About Union Hill

Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods with more than 1000 young professionals, established mobile mid-career and active empty nesters. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning more than 16 city blocks nestled between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and the downtown skyline, the Union Hill district offers convenient living surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, fitness and some of Kansas City’s major employers. Bob Frye leads the overall development, preservation and advancement of Union Hill with a more than 30-year history of ownership and solid development that buildis on 150 years of history with a long term vision and commitment to the neighborhood. Kansas City’s history is embraced throughout the district. For more information, visit or follow the latest at on,  @UHILLKC on Twitter and Instagram or call 816-777-5900.