Kansas City, MO — April 7, 2021 — Hunt Midwest announces the build-out of an additional 700,000 square feet of Class-A space in SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. This expansion, built on speculation, provides an excellent solution for warehousing and distribution operations struggling to meet the current supply chain and speed-to-market demands created by today’s online shoppers.
With more than 7,000,000 square feet of industrial space, SubTropolis offers benefits that beat traditional above-ground industrial buildings. Lower operations and leasing costs top the list, along with a naturally temperature-controlled climate, ideal for storing inventory with a limited lifespan or specific temperature needs. SubTropolis delivers warm-shell warehousing with demisable space from 50,000 – 300,000 square feet and occupancy in 90 – 120 days. The short build-out period ensures that businesses experiencing rapid growth can scale operations to continue to meet consumer demand in a timely manner.
“The naturally climate-controlled environment in SubTropolis provides a low-cost solution for distribution space in the heart of the logistics corridor,” says Mike Bell, Senior Vice President. “Building a business complex into limestone cliffs isn’t something that’s done every day. But Hunt Midwest has been able to successfully leverage one of Kansas City’s natural resources to create a unique environment that benefits many business models.”
A substantial portion of SubTropolis’ footprint is currently occupied by e-commerce, archival and document storage, pharmaceutical and animal health facilities, and food distributors.
The complex’s location also adds value. Kansas City is the most centrally-located of major U.S. markets. The city is at the heart of a railway corridor reaching from coast to coast and Canada to Mexico. Kansas City International Airport moves more air cargo each year than any airport within a six-state region. Tenants residing in SubTropolis reach 90% of the country with their products within two days via ground or air, resulting in reduced delivery costs. Combined with other features such as an on-site, low-latency fiber network and 24/7/365 armed security, the expanding footprint of SubTropolis is poised to support the future growth and business needs of industries focused on keeping up with today’s fast-paced economy.
About Hunt Midwest
Hunt Midwest is a dynamic real estate development company privately held by the Lamar Hunt family. Based in Kansas City with over 50 years of development, construction and management experience, Hunt Midwest’s wide range of projects include industrial, commercial, mission critical, self-storage, residential, multifamily, senior living, mixed use and SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex. Hunt Midwest is part of the Lamar Hunt family’s diverse portfolio of entities involved in real estate, sports/media, energy/resources and private equity investments. In addition to Hunt Midwest, marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center.
As the world’s largest underground business complex, SubTropolis sets the standard for subsurface business developments. SubTropolis was created through the mining of a 270-million-year-old limestone deposit creating a 1,200-acre real estate development. In the mining process, limestone is removed by the room and pillar method, leaving 25-foot square pillars that are on 65-foot centers and 40 feet apart. SubTropolis is home to more than 55 local, regional, national and international companies that employ in excess of 2,000 people.