Construction begins on warehouse project at intermodal complex

01/08/2014 5:31 PM

01/09/2014 9:25 PM

Construction has started on a 575,000-square-foot distribution center for Smart Warehousing at the intermodal shipping center recently opened by BNSF Railway near Edgerton.

NorthPoint Development is partnering with BNSF at the sprawling Logistics Park Kansas City development off Interstate 35 on the south edge of Johnson County. NorthPoint on Wednesday announced the project, the fourth major distribution facility being developed at the 1,300-acre intermodal facility that opened in October.

Lenexa-based Smart Warehousing offers warehouse management services and technology. The firm has 5 million square feet of warehouse space at 25 facilities in 10 states.

Nathaniel Hagedorn, president and CEO of NorthPoint, said the facility is expected to open this summer.

NorthPoint already has built a 326,000-square-foot distribution building for Demdaco and is nearing completion of a 500,000-square-foot speculative distribution center. In addition, DeLong Co. Inc. has opened a grain distribution facility that will load emptied containers for the return trip to the Far East.

The Smart Warehousing facility will bring the total square footage under development at the logistics park to 1.5 million square feet. About 8 million square feet of warehouse space is expected to be built in the first phase of the logistics park.

Hagedorn said UMB was the lender for the project. The contractor is Clayco Construction of St. Louis, and the architect is Finkle Williams of Kansas City. NorthPoint was represented by Jones Lang LaSalle in the transaction. Kessinger Hunter represented Smart Warehousing.

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