In the latest of a series of significant strategic moves, Kansas City-based commercial real estate company Hunt Midwest will soon begin construction on its first industrial project in Kansas. The 113-acre site will support up to 1.5 million square feet of industrial space across three to four buildings in Shawnee, Kansas.
Hunt Midwest’s newest development in Kansas, the highly anticipated Heartland Logistics Park, comes on the tail of the company’s recent industrial expansion into the South Carolina and Kentucky markets. Construction on the first building, a 574,732-square-foot cross-dock facility, is set to begin in March 2022 following approval of the Shawnee Planning Commission Monday night. Construction is anticipated to be completed in March 2023.
The site for Heartland Logistics Park, located in the industrial hub of Shawnee’s 43rd Street, offers a strategic location for local, regional and national distribution with access via Highway K-7 to Interstate 435, Interstate 35, and Interstate 70. The site is located directly across K-7 from Westlink Industrial Park, an 850,000-square-foot Class-A industrial park, including an Amazon last-mile fulfillment center and two major FedEx Ground Freight hubs as major tenants.
The economic development efforts in the area, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Shawnee, started with a series of infrastructure improvements to attract industrial development to the area in 2020.
Located at the intersection of K-7 and West 43rd Street, Heartland Logistics Park will offer multiple cross-dock buildings ranging from 372,000 to 842,745 square feet as well as a 192,000-square-foot, rear-loaded, shallow bay building. The initial building developed by Hunt Midwest will provide 574,732 square feet of leasable space; a clear height of 36 feet; 58 loading dock positions (expandable to 128); 69 trailer parking spots, with 78 additional future trailer parking spots; 230 car parking spots (expandable to 450); 190-feet deep truck courts; concrete tilt-up panels and an ESFR sprinkler system. Groundbreaking is anticipated in Spring 2022 with building delivery in March 2023.
Hunt Midwest has selected Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting (RIC) for civil engineering, Finkle + Williams Architecture for building design, and Brinkmann Constructors as the general contractor overseeing construction of the Heartland Logistics Park. Leasing on the project is being handled by Ed Elder and John Stafford of Colliers. Leasing opportunities remain available within the development.