The property known as the Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City has always been fertile ground for reinvention. Each development and redevelopment has played a historically and economically significant role in the community and the nation.
The 300-acre property may be best known as the site of an engine factory that helped win World War II. Years later, the complex was repurposed into a manufacturing center for the nation’s nuclear security program.
The latest transformation has redeveloped the property into the Blue River Commerce Center, a modern industrial park 10 miles south of downtown Kansas City. The park will offer more than 2 million square feet of industrial and distribution warehouse space, support an estimated 1,500 jobs, and generate economic activity that will ripple across the region.
To set the stage for new construction, nearly 4 million square feet of blighted buildings were demolished while soil and water contamination were remediated. The project owner, Bannister Transformation & Development LLC (BTD) retained Olsson as part of the design team to help design, implement, and manage the comprehensive demolition and site remediation.
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New Industrial Building Nears Completion at Former Federal Facility
The transformation of the former Bannister Federal Complex at 95th and Troost is continuing in exciting fashion! NorthPoint Development is nearing completion of the first new industrial building in the Blue River Commerce Center located on the 225-acre site that was formerly the home to the Federal Government’s Kansas City Plant since World War II.
The new 243, 353 square foot warehouse and distribution building will be completed at the end of May, and leasing activity is well underway. When completed, the Blue River Commerce Center is projected to include 2.6 million square feet of modern industrial, warehouse and distribution buildings, representing the most significant industrial development in South Kansas City in many decades.
2nd Building to Begin Soon at Blue River Commerce Center
As the City building permit process nears completion, NorthPoint Development is targeting late April to break ground on the second warehouse and distribution building in the Blue River Commerce Center.
At 436,121 square feet, NorthPoint’s Building II at Blue River Commerce Center will be almost twice the size of the initial Building 1 nearing completion. Combined, these two new building will bring almost 680,000 square feet of modern Class A industrial space to South Kansas City. And with this growth of new industrial space comes new permanent jobs for South Kansas City!
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NorthPoint Development will continue its $135 million transformation of the former Bannister Federal Complex with a second warehouse and manufacturing building in south Kansas City.
The Riverside-based developer is preparing to break ground on the 438,000-square-foot second industrial building in its Blue River Commerce Center, on 229 acres where environmental remediation recently was completed at the northeast corner of Bannister Road and Troost Avenue.
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The first of seven modern warehouse and industrial buildings is slated to begin this month at the former Bannister Federal Complex, once the site of a massive World War II airplane engine plant and later as the manufacturing hub for America’s nuclear security program.
Bannister Transformation & Development LLC (BTD) made the announcement yesterday (Oct. 22) at the 225-acre site in the heart of south Kansas City along with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Roy Blunt and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.
BTD is the private owner and also managed the three-year demolition and clean-up project in preparation of the $135 million redevelopment plan. When complete, the fully-restored property, located at Bannister Road and Troost Avenue, is expected to create more than 1,500 permanent jobs and new economic vitality for the surrounding community.
NorthPoint Development plans to construct a modern industrial park - named Blue River Commerce Center - with 2.6 million SF of new buildings, including a logistics and supply-chain career training center for local job seekers...
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NorthPoint Development is gearing up for the next chapter in the ongoing conversion of the former Bannister Federal Complex into the $135 million Blue River Commerce Center.
Last week, the Kansas City Council approved a development plan entailing seven manufacturing and warehouse buildings at the northeast corner of East Bannister Road and Troost Avenue, as well as rezoning for 229 of the property's approximately 300 acres to an urban redevelopment district.
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