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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Construction Continues to Grow in Kansas City

WaterCrest at Lenexa City Center

When asked in January 2013 about the state of the construction industry JE Dunn Construction CEO Terry Dunn said, "the signs are positive." In the article from Kansas City Business Journal he gave predictions of continued growth for the Kansas City region over the next 2-3 years. Reaching levels seen in 2006 before the recession adversely affected the industry.

At the end of 2013 Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES) backed Terry Dunn's statement up by making note of an increase in construction in our 2014 Kansas City Market Report. With approximately  $3.5 billion of planned or underway construction in 2013 the Kansas City market saw a 71% growth over the previous year. Industries such as multifamily with 1,700 units added in 2013 and industrial with 2.5 million square feet of developing space were leading the way. BRES expects to see an additional 3,500 multifamily units developed throughout 2014 with a like increase in industrial square feet being constructed. Increases in both of these areas is a group effort and BRES is happy to be doing its part through multiple development projects, such as:

WaterCrest at City Center

We started construction on our newest multifamily development, WaterCrest at City Center, in December of 2013. Located in Lenexa, Kansas  at the Lenexa City Center, this development will add 306 units to the community. As of now it is on track for a phase one move-in of September 2014, just two months away. Our first phase is scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.

College Crossing Business Park
College Crossing Business Park 

Located at College Blvd. & I-35 in Lenexa, Kansas the business park will consist of 12 individual buildings totaling 773,848 SF for use as office-warehouse, flex or showroom space. Building K of the plan has recently been completed and the last available space is set to be leased out soon. Planning is now underway for the construction of Buildings I and J with construction to begin in August 2014.

CityPlace Overland Park


BRES is set to develop this 90-acre mixed use development in Overland Park, Kansas. Its construction will add 1,382 multifamily units, 140 senior living units, 38,860 SF of retail space and 600,250 SF of office space. Look for construction to start in September 2014.  For now feel free to view he renderings and photos as we continue to provide updates.

Site development

BRES is also doing preliminary site development on our Lenexa Logistics Centre and 175th Street Commerce Centre projects. When construction is completed Lenexa Logistics Centre will add an additional 259,244 SF of bulk industrial/warehouse space to Lenexa, Kansas. The 175th Street Commerce Centre will contribute by adding buildings ranging from 20,000 - 1,000,000 SF of build-to-suit space for flex/office, retail and distribution/warehouse in Olathe, Kansas. Lenexa Logistics #4 – substantial completion will be obtained by 7/31/14 and Lenexa Logistics #5 – construction will be commencing in August.

These projects, along with others in the area, will help Kansas City attain higher levels of construction in the area than seen before the recession. Visit our website to learn more about our current and future construction projects.

Brad Simma Block Construction Services
Brad Simma, CCIM

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