A long-vacant Sam’s Club building at U.S. 40 and Noland Road will soon be occupied by a manufacturer of cardboard packaging and cutout displays for retail operations.
The project is supposed to create 37 jobs initially, with more in future years.
The City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday for a rezoning and development plan for Bennett Packaging to occupy property that was vacated 10 years ago by Sam’s Club.
The full council votes on the measure Thursday, and Bennett Packaging hopes to occupy the property later this month.
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“We see this as an opportunity to revitalize what’s been a dead site for a number of years,” said Husch Blackwell attorney Steve James.
Gary Goebel, with C&C Development LLC, said it hasn’t been possible to find a retail tenant for such a large building, so the light industrial use makes sense.
Bennett Packaging, which makes cardboard packaging and retail displays, is based in Lee’s Summit but identified this as a good expansion opportunity.