‘A Big Day For KCK’
During what proved to be the most beautiful day of the week (jokingly referred to as Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce weather), area officials, developers and stakeholders gathered in the Fairfax district to celebrate Central Industrial Park’s official groundbreaking.
Not every developer would have even considered the project. Because the 80-acre parcel is a brownfield site, the developer is required to handle and resolve any lingering environmental issues. NorthPoint Development not only stepped up to the challenge—they prepared for the site for construction on an accelerated timeline, paving the way (no pun intended) for what Chad Meyer, president and Chief Operating Officer of NorthPoint Development, calls “the new home of modern manufacturing.”
This sort of successful collaborative effort isn’t just an economic development boon for Fairfax (and, by extension, Wyandotte County and the Kansas City metro area). It’s also an inspiring case study.
“This project is a symbol to the rest of the metro area and the nation that this is what you can do, even on a brownfield,” said Mark Holland, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. “NorthPoint knows what a gem this is, and their leadership will attract other developers who can’t miss out on this opportunity.”
Elliott Laws, trustee of the RACER Trust (former owner of the property), echoed Mayor Holland’s sentiments about the anticipated widespread effect of CIP.
“This land has been vacant for 25 years,” he said. “For it to turn around so quickly is a testament to NorthPoint, the government and the community. We’ll hold up what’s happening in Fairfax as a model, which will help area revitalization.”
Not only does CIP serve as a prime case study for effective and efficient brownfield redevelopment—it also helps to reverse a damaging trend that’s had a widespread impact on Kansas City, Kan.
“Absentee landlords have devastated our city,” Mayor Holland said. “This partnership shows what we can do by turning a brownfield site into 2,000 jobs.”
BRES’ Banner Day
During the recent Leawood Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Entrepreneurship luncheon, the Block Real Estate Services team received a big honor: induction into the chamber’s Hall of Fame.
The accolade came as a result of BRES doing what they do best: being one of the top developers and business leaders in Leawood’s business community.
Kenneth G. Block, managing principal, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the company. Marnie Clawson, Leawood Chamber chair, and Kevin Jeffries, Chamber president and CEO (pictured above, at right).
Save The Date: Children’s TLC Groundhog Run
Lace up your shoes and cue up your favorite playlist—it’s time to prepare for the annual Groundhog Run!
Hunt Midwest will host the 32nd annual event on January 26. If that doesn’t seem like the best date for a competitive running event, don’t worry! The Groundhog Run is held inside Hunt Midwest’s SubTropolis, meaning you’ll cruise along in climate-controlled comfort and protected from any inclement weather.
Approximately 4,500 participants are expected for the event. Proceeds benefit Children’s TLC, a Kansas City-based therapeutic preschool and therapy clinic that serves children with disabilities, developmental delays and fragile medical conditions.
“One of the longest-standing runs in Kansas City, the Groundhog Run has raised more than $4 million since its inception in 1982,” according to Hunt Midwest. “Due to the event’s popularity over the years, proceeds have grown from $8,000 the first year to $227,000 in 2013.”
If you’re interested in more info or are ready to register, head over to Children’s TLC’s website.