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KC Royals’ Kevin Uhlich to retire from senior VP role

Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich will retire from his role overseeing the business side of the organization after 14 seasons in that position.

The Royals announced on Wednesday that Uhlich’s retirement will become official on October 30, and he’ll transition to a position as special assistant to team chairman and CEO John Sherman.

Uhlich, 63, has spent 44 seasons in Major League Baseball, including a stint as a batboy for the California Angels in 1976.

An Anaheim native, he went on to advance in that organization to positions that included VP of stadium operations, VP of sales, marketing and operations and senior VP of business operations in 2002 (the year they won their only World Series championship).

Before he joined the Royals, Uhlich was the executive VP for the Washington Nationals in 2005 and in 2006.

The Royals hired him on November 7, 2006, as senior VP of business operations. During his tenure, Uhlich headed up the $275 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium, completed for the 2009 season, as well as the complete renovation of the Royals spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, which was completed in February 2016.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.

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Seneca One invites the public to see results of massive renovation project through series of new events

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s tallest building is coming back to life. 

There are people living in Seneca One for the first time, and it’s also a growing hub for technology and innovation in downtown Buffalo. Now, members of the public who are interested in seeing the results of Douglas Jemal’s more than $100 million dollar development project at the tower will have the opportunity to check it out, too. 

Seneca One has been hosting small group tours two days a week, which will continue into the fall on Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ve also announced two outdoor ticketed events in October, a dog adoption event on October 10, and a Bills watch party on for the primetime game against Kansas City on Thursday, October 15.

There’s a new food hall on the building’s third-floor lobby, which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, featuring a toast bar and other stations. 

Douglas Development Corporation Director of Development Sean Heidinger says group yoga classes with Space on Seneca will be added to the schedule soon. 

Heidinger says that while they want to show off the building and have it be a source of civic pride for Western New Yorkers, they also want to keep their visitors and tenants safe. 

“What we can do with events and programming at this tower, even if you don’t live here, even if you don’t work here, we want to find way to work with our neighbors and provide opportunities for the public, for kids, to come here, to learn,” Heidinger told 2 On Your Side. “Seneca One is going to be the perfect place to do that. If we can engage kids at a young level, and they come here and they learn about M&T’s Tech academy, that could be

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A modern family-home renovation that puts play first

The Toronto home of Greg Hall and Meghan Walker.

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Eight years ago, Greg Hall and Meghan Walker, two entrepreneurs, bought their Toronto home because it had four separate apartments. Their plan was to live on the ground level, with Mr. Hall’s mom, who was in the process of downsizing, upstairs in a separate suite. Two basement units were to be rented out to offset the cost of the house.

At the time, the couple had a young daughter, and their 1,750-square-foot Summerhill flat felt comfortable. Things started getting tighter after their second daughter was born, more so with the birth of their third little girl. Two years ago, to alleviate their cramped quarters, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker decided to take back their basement, doubling their living space. (Expanding to the second level was never an option – who would ever dare to evict their own mother?)

The renovation involved reclaiming the basement rental suites and making them part of the primary residence.

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Though the ensuing renovation meant forgoing rental income, it doesn’t always make financial sense to move into a bigger pile. In addition to legal fees, real estate commissions and land-transfer taxes, the cost of single-family homes has risen from $600,000 in 2012, when the couple bought their duplex, to about $1.1-million in 2020, according to listing.ca.

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Plus, Mr. Hall and Ms. Walker had a very specific vision for their renovation – something they couldn’t just buy. “We wanted a home that embodied our values,” says Ms. Walker, a naturopath and podcast host. “Both of our backgrounds are in health. We wanted a healthy, environmentally friendly design. We also wanted something modern, yet something fun.”

“Play is an important part of life,” says Mr. Hall, a trained MD

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Brooklyn begins $314,000 trail addition and renovation at Marquardt Park

BROOKLYN, Ohio — The $314,000 revitalization of Marquardt Park in Brooklyn began earlier this week with the work expected to be finished in late October.

“The first phase begins with the renovation of the path, which over the years residents have been requesting,” Brooklyn Recreation Commissioner Jack Abbruzzese said. “The existing trail that goes through the wooded area of the park on the perimeter is going to be renovated and resurfaced.

“We’re also adding a connecting path through the neighborhood that extends Richard Drive through some of those dead-end streets. It’s a six-foot asphalt walking path wide enough for biking; however, there won’t be any bike lines on it.”

Residents in the area have also requested such a path that connects Richard Drive to Autumn Lane located on the northern boundary of Marquardt Park.

Construction has started on the revitalization of Brooklyn Marquardt Park, which includes renovated and added trails, as well as new playground equipment and pavilion.

Construction has started on the revitalization of Brooklyn’s Marquardt Park, which includes renovated and added trails, as well as new playground equipment and pavilion. (John Benson/cleveland.com)

To cover the expenditure, Brooklyn received $150,000 in funds from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with the city covering the $160,000 balance.

While the walking path and playground will be closed during the project, the soccer fields will remain open.

The other part of Marquardt Park’s first phase of renovation, which could start later this year or in early 2021, includes the addition of new playground equipment and a new shade structure.

“We’ve already taken down the old pavilion in the back corner,” Abbruzzese said. “We’re actually putting up a new pavilion, which will be next to the current restroom facility and playground equipment, so everything will be more towards the front of the property.”

A second phase of Marquardt Park renovation includes adding outdoor fitness equipment to the former pavilion’s cement pad, as well as replacing

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Centre Pompidou Faces Three- to Seven-Year Renovation Closure

Paris’s Centre Pompidou could fully close for three years, beginning in 2023, or close partially for seven years, in order for necessary repairs to be made to the iconic 1970s building, The Art Newspaper reports. The schedule of the projected $235 million maintenance work is currently under consideration by the French government.

The repairs are a long time coming. Though an overhaul of the building’s external glass-enclosed escalators was begun in 2019 with expected completion in 2021, with further plans afoot for a new, expanded entrance, Centre Pompidou’s president, Serge Lasvignes, told French daily Le Figaro that no major work had been done on the structure since it opened in 1977.

Other factors besides cost will play a part in the decision regarding the renovations. A three-year closure would likely see the museum programming shows in other locations; a seven-year partial closure would mean that some exhibitions could take place within the building, but, Lasvignes said, “this poses additional problems, including that of asbestos removal.”

According to Lasvignes, the museum, which reopened in reduced capacity in mid-July, has so far lost an estimated $23.5 million this year owing to the continuing Covid-19 crisis. “We managed to save [$9.4 million] largely by postponing projects,” he told Le Figaro. “We haven’t canceled anything. We have rescheduled our pre-crisis program.” The institution received an additional and unexpected $14 million boost from the government, which Lasvignes described as a “happy surprise.”

Deliberations over the closure plan are expected to take months. In the meantime, plans are also underway to move a large portion of the Musée National d’art Moderne’s holdings, totaling some 120,000 objects, from the storerooms of the Pompidou to its new satellite venue in southern Paris. The move is expected to take place in late 2025.

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