KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shawnee officials said Tuesday that development has begun on a new industrial park that could bring up to 2,000 jobs to the city.
The Heartland Logistics Park will be located on 182 acres at Kansas 7 and West 43rd Street. Construction on the first building is expected to be done by the end of the year, according to a news release.
“The Heartland Logistics Park will bring a significant economic impact with as many as 1,500 to 2,000 new jobs to Shawnee,” said Ann Smith-Tate, president and CEO of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. “These new jobs and investment will provide a positive ripple effect within our community.”
According to the Shawnee Economic Development Council, the park will include 2 million square feet of industrial space — including light manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, and freezer and cooler space.
Under the current plan, buildings range in size from 192,000 to 940,000 square feet.
The city and the Kansas Department on Transportation will handle public infrastructure for the area, including wastewater and road improvements. KDOT plans to work with the developer to provide funding through an economic development program.
"The Heartland Logistics Park is a prime location with outstanding logistical advantages," Shawnee City Manager Nolan Sunderman said in the release. "We are excited about the opportunity to attract new business into the region to distribute their goods and services from right here in Shawnee."