October 24, 2013

Construction begins on new building at KCI office park

The 350,000-square-foot, one-story building is designed primarily for industrial, light-manufacturing or distribution use. There currently is no tenant.

Construction has begun on a second building in an industrial park that’s part of the sprawling Kansas City International airport property.

The 350,000-square-foot, one-story building at 10501 NW Transcon Drive is designed primarily for industrial, light-manufacturing or warehouse and distribution use. There currently is no tenant, officials with the Kansas City Aviation Department said Thursday.

The facility is being constructed in the KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre, an 800-acre commercial and industrial park on the southeast corner at KCI. An official ground-breaking is set for Friday, and the building is scheduled to be completed by April 2014.

Breaking ground on the second building “showcases the Northland’s value,” said Dave Long, the aviation department’s deputy director of property and commercial development.

The first building constructed at the BusinessCentre was completed in January 2012 for Blount International, a manufacturer of saws, blades and other cutting equipment. The $17 million, 350,000-square-foot facility serves as the Portland, Ore.-based company’s distribution center for North American operations.

The Blount facility has more than 200 employees, aviation department officials said.

Construction of the roads, sewers and other infrastructure for the industrial park began in 2008. The park, which is being developed by Trammell Crow Co. and Clarion Partners, is intended to attract more investment and development at the airport property

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