LightEdge Solutions opens data center at Subtropolis underground business park

LightEdge Solutions has opened its new $60 million data center at the Subtropolis underground business park operated by Hunt Midwest, and dignitaries such as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the Hunt family are to attend a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday.

The new 60,000-square-foot operation will serve LightEdge, a cloud computing, co-location and managed services company based in Des Moines. The 21-employee operation is the anchor tenant for what’s being called the Subtropolis Technology Center.

Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development officials expect the first phase of the technology center to provide 1.4 million square feet of space for new tenants. It’s being marketed to companies desiring a secure, climate-controlled location with excellent fiber connectivity and reliable electrical power.

“LightEdge’s commitment and investment in Subtropolis Technology Center are proof that Kansas City can be the recipient of all that data centers bring, including high-paying data center jobs, the attraction of new technology companies and manufacturing companies that supply the industry,” Ora Reynolds, president of Hunt Midwest Real Estate, said in a statement.

The decision by LightEdge to open its data center at Subtropolis was announced last September. The firm is owned by the Anschutz Corp., which is controlled by Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz. His entertainment subsidiary, Anschutz Entertainment Group, manages the Sprint Center.

In addition to Nixon, others expected to attend the event include Mayor Sly James and members of the Hunt family, the owners of Hunt Midwest, including Clark Hunt, Lamar Hunt Jr. and Sharon Hunt. Clark Hunt is chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs.