The business park on Kansas City International Airport property is starting to attract more tenants, and the Kansas City Aviation Department is taking steps to encourage that growth.
On Thursday, the City Council approved spending $1.7 million on infrastructure to set the stage for a new $17 million building at the KCI Intermodal Business Centre, just south of 112th Street and Interstate 29.
The Aviation Department is contributing $1.5 million in airport funds to the project, and $244,000 will be provided by the Water Services Department and Kansas City Power & Light for utility improvements.
Councilman Dick Davis praised aviation officials, saying their work to develop vacant airport property is making KCI “an economic development vehicle for the city.”
Aviation director Mark VanLoh said the airport has thousands of acres, but for many years the lack of roads and utilities hampered development.
Construction of roads, sewers and other infrastructure at the industrial park began in 2008. Trammell Crow Co. and Clarion Partners are now developing buildings on the land that are attracting manufacturing and distribution companies.
Construction is expected to begin in March on the $17 million building, the business center’s third. It will be ready for occupancy next October.