For decades, 52 acres of farmland in the heart of the Northland held its ground as commercial development sprang up around it.
When it finally went on sale in 2014, developers quickly snapped it up.
Now they’ve broken ground on the new Edgewood Farms at the southeast corner of Interstate 29 and Barry Road, just south of BarryWoods Crossing. It could open by early to mid-2017.
Preliminary plans call for 225,000 square feet of retail, including a strip center with several tenants, along with three or four freestanding restaurants. It also will have 275 apartments in several three- or four-story buildings. Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment also will open a nearly 50,000-square-foot bowling-anchored entertainment center.
Chris Newkirk of CBRE, broker for the property, said about 115,000 cars pass by the site a day.
“It has fantastic visibility from I-29, simple access with a right hand turn once off I-29, and it’s part of a booming retail corridor,” he said.
The developers under Edgewood Farm Partners LLC include principals Kevin Jones of Jones Development Co. and Spencer Thomson of the Thomson Walker LLC law firm in Kansas City.
Main Event Entertainment is expected to draw from a wide area, giving the center steady foot traffic, and more access roads are planned south and east of the property, they said.
Main Event also opened a 50,000-square-foot center at 4600 S. Cochise Court in Independence in mid-November. Another Main Event is planned for the Olathe Gateway shopping center near Santa Fe and Interstate 35 in Olathe. It is scheduled to open in mid-2016.
The centers are designed for people of all ages and include bowling, a multilevel laser tag arena and a gravity ropes course suspended over a games gallery with more than 100 interactive and virtual games.
Dining options include an extensive menu with such items as baby back ribs, beer-battered fish and chips, classic Caesar salads, and specialty pizzas and cocktails. It also has a pizza cafe, La Bella’s Pizza, selling pizza by the slice, gelato, slushies and chicken tenders.
On Saturday, David and Stephanie Windhausen of Lee’s Summit celebrated their daughter Hollie’s eighth birthday at the Main Event in Independence. Hollie and her nine friends bowled, then her friends signed a souvenir bowling pin for her as they chowed down on pizza and drinks before heading to the arcade.
Along with family outings and date nights, Main Event hosts youth group events, prom and graduation parties, and corporate team building events.
Main Event Entertainment was founded in 1998 and is a subsidiary of Ardent Leisure Group of Australia.