Hunt Midwest to develop first industrial project in Kansas with 113-Acre Heartland Logistics Park Acquisition
The largest spec building in Shawnee, 574,732 square feet to start construction in March, offers tri-interstate access and proximity to major distribution hubs
Shawnee, KS — March 8, 2022 — In the latest of a series of significant strategic moves, Kansas City-based commercial real estate company Hunt Midwest will soon begin construction on its first industrial project in Kansas. The 113-acre site will support up to 1.5 million square feet of industrial space across three to four buildings.
Hunt Midwest’s newest development in Kansas, the highly anticipated Heartland Logistics Park, comes on the tail of the company’s recent industrial expansion into the South Carolina and Kentucky markets. Construction on the first building, a 574,732-square-foot cross-dock facility, is set to begin in March 2022 following approval of the Shawnee Planning Commission Monday night. Construction is anticipated to be completed in March 2023.
The site for Heartland Logistics Park, located in the industrial hub of Shawnee’s 43rd Street, offers a strategic location for local, regional, and national distribution with access via Highway K-7 to Interstate 435, Interstate 35, and Interstate 70. The site is located directly across K-7 from Westlink Industrial Park, an 850,000-square-foot Class A industrial park, including an Amazon last-mile fulfillment center and two major FedEx Ground Freight hubs as major tenants.
“Heartland Logistics Park is a great location with the combination of immediate highway access and a strong labor base in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties,” said Michael Bell, Hunt Midwest’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Real Estate. “The City of Shawnee’s investment in 43rd Street and a new traffic signal at K-7 dedicated to improving truck traffic allow immediate highway access to efficiently reach the greater Kansas City metro and 90% of the U.S. in two days.”
The economic development efforts in the area, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the City of Shawnee, started with a series of infrastructure improvements to attract industrial development to the area in 2020.
“Investment by highly esteemed companies like Hunt Midwest is further proof that Shawnee and the K-7 corridor are a leader in industrial development. In the next five years, we expect to see more than 5 million square feet of industrial real estate added to the area,” said Ann Smith-Tate, Shawnee Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO. “Not only is the area drawing the attention of experienced development firms like Hunt Midwest, but it’s also the location many businesses are choosing to locate or expand; Amazon, FedEx, Hans Rudolph and Kraft Tool have recently chosen to invest in this area. We believe, based on the interest and activity in the market, that we’ll be announcing many more companies that want to call Shawnee home.”
Located at the intersection of K-7 and West 43rd Street, Heartland Logistics Park will offer multiple cross-dock buildings ranging from 372,000 to 842,745 square feet as well as a 192,000-square-foot, rear-loaded, shallow bay building. The initial building developed by Hunt Midwest will provide 574,732 square feet of leasable space; a clear height of 36 feet; 58 loading dock positions (expandable to 128); 69 trailer parking spots, with 78 additional future trailer parking spots; 230 car parking spots (expandable to 450); 190-feet deep truck courts; concrete tilt-up panels and an ESFR sprinkler system. Groundbreaking is anticipated in Spring 2022 with building delivery in March 2023.
Hunt Midwest has selected Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting (RIC) for civil engineering, Finkle + Williams Architecture for building design, and Brinkmann Constructors as the general contractor overseeing construction of the Heartland Logistics Park. Leasing on the project is being handled by Ed Elder and John Stafford of Colliers. Leasing opportunities remain available within the development.
About Hunt Midwest
Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, totaling more than $1 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, relationships, and resources to create successful real estate solutions.
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. Additional marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center. Learn more at HuntMidwest.com.
Rendering Credit: Finkle + Williams Architecture