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Bennett Packaging To Renovate 525,000 SF KC Corporate Campus

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AREA Real Estate Advisors is representing the Owner of General Plaza Retail Center in the sale and repositioning of the property from a shopping center to a new manufacturing and distribution facility. Bennett Packaging, a Lee’s Summit based corrugated packaging and display designer and manufacturer plans to consolidate its Kansas City locations into a 524,300 SF corporate campus.

General Plaza Shopping Center, located at 40 Highway & Noland Road in Kansas City, will be renovated over 5 phases and will include 172,000 SF of existing warehouse space (currently home to one of Bennett’s warehouse locations with 15 employees); 20,000 SF of retail space conversion; and construction of 120,000 SF logistics warehouse and distribution center. AREA’s Mary Crowe, Brent Peterson & Cory DeLong represent the Landlord.

Bennett’s other Kansas City locations is an underground facility in Lee’s Summit, where 118 employees will transition from. They have an additional location in Wichita, KS.

Bennett Packaging, a woman-owned business, was founded in 1987.

For more about the redevelopment of this site, read The Kansas City Business Journal’s article here.

Bluhawk Development Progress

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Bluhawk mixed-use development at 159th & Antioch in Overland Park has continued progressing, with recent restaurant additions to the Marketplace. Cactus Grill and Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ are now open; Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers will open soon. TJMaxx is under construction and set to open in the spring. Bluhawk Marketplace is anchored by Cosentino’s Market and includes several other local and national retail and restaurants.

Bluhawk Sports Park, a 309,000 square-foot indoor multisport complex and 120,000 square-foot arena, is set to start construction in the spring or summer of 2021. Along with the sports park, a 99-room Holiday Inn Express will start construction as well. There are 2 other hotels planned for the development.

Bluhawk development also includes two, 16,000 SF one-story office buildings. Availabilities include 1,000 SF to 16,000 SF of medical or general office space.

AREA’s Matt Vaupell handles the retail leasing for Bluhawk and Mike Levitan and Adam Abrams handle the office leasing. Contact them for leasing details.

Click to download the leasing package for retail and office.

AREA + John Boucard Podcast: Tesseract Ventures

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In our latest episode of Your AREA Podcast, Tim Schaffer interviews John Boucard, founder and CEO of Tesseract Vetures to discuss smart buildings of the future, reshoring of manufacturing and work through robotics.

Tesseract Ventures is a 21st century technology company that focuses on next generation robotics, smart spaces, software and radically connected platforms, helping industries become smarter, better connected and more efficient.

John Boucard created a team made up of inventors, dreamers, engineers, technologists and innovators to create a one-of-a-kind, unique technology company to better industries and companies of America.

To subscribe or listen to AREA’s podcast, you can find us on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

Recorded by Let it Fly Media.

MMGY’s Office Open at Edison District

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After much anticipation, MMGY Global has opened its doors at Edison District! Here’s a peek inside their new 32,000 SF Kansas City headquarters in Downtown Overland Park. GastingerWalker led the charge with the build-out of the space, drawing inspiration from MMGY’s 9 other global offices. The space has a modern look with a variety of common areas mixed with more private space as well. Nexus5 Group was the contractor on the project buildout.

MMGY Global is the world’s leading integrated marketing company specializing in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.

The Edison District is a mixed-use development that includes over 100,000 square feet of office, 10,000 square feet of retail, Strang Hall food hall, an outdoor event plaza, and a park; creating a truly walkable community. The developers see the Downtown Overland Park project as a suburban/urban hybrid development that adds more of an urban feel to Johnson County, adding amenities that previously were not there.

AREA’s Adam AbramsMike Levitan & Tim Schaffer handle the office leasing, and Tiffany Ruzicka and Rachel West handle the retail leasing at Edison District. To download the leasing package, click here.

Grand Place Strives To Be Crossroads Art District Main Hub

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Grand Place, the $98 million redevelopment of the Kansas City Star building, is working towards being the next best thing in the Crossroads Art District, establishing a benchmark for leaders in innovation, business, design and community.

To make Grand Place unique for the Crossroads Art District, they will be putting aside 12,000 SF of free space for incubator artists to use for two years, creating a festival for the space, and incorporating commission pieces throughout the building. The commission pieces will include four nine foot chrome letters S, T, A and R that’ll be placed throughout the plaza, artwork commemorating the newspaper industry in the lobby, and a sculpture utilizing about 1,000 old valves removed during interior demolition. “The project is infused with art and the relationship with the Crossroads Arts Community as well as preserving the history of the building and the KC Star,” said developer Vince Bryant of 3D Development.

“We hope we can take this very large building and make it part of this annual festival and draw people in, very similar to the ArtPrize festival.”

Grand Place redevelopment is located between 17th & 18th Street on Grand Blvd. The redevelopment will include: a rooftop patio with bar and skyline views; a clubroom with breakfast and lunch service for tenants, guests and private events; a boiler room converted to an upscale barbershop, spa and locker rooms; a European style market and food hall with 15 kiosk kitchens, a bar, lounge and cafe; and finally a private plaza drive for guest arrival and pick-up items from the Market Place. Along with all of the main building amenities, the redevelopment will also include a future restaurant, office building and bank/retail site with an approved drive-thru.

Click here for the marketing package

To join the excitement, please contact AREA’s brokers:
Tim Schaffer – 816.876.2535
Sean Craven – 816.777.2838
Mike Levitan – 816.777.2845
Tiffany Ruzicka – 816.876.2513

To view the City Scene KC‘s take on the future and finances of the Grand Place, click here.

To listen to AREA’s podcast with Vince Bryant, click here.