Jobs and Business Opportunities Are Growing in South Kansas City

12 Dec 2016 1:36 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

Representatives of some of the biggest economic development projects in south Kansas City provided updates on their projects during a “Breaking News” panel at the South Kansas City Alliance Economic Development Summit.

The favorable reception economic growth developers have received in south Kansas City was mentioned by several panelists as a positive factor that encouraged their investments in our area.

“We look at transportation access, the area labor profile and where capital investment is welcome,” said Brent Miles, North Point Development Vice President, whose company is developing the Three Trails Industrial Park on the south side of 87th Street just east of U.S. 71 Highway.

Miles said his company is investing about $75 million in the Three Trails project and tenants will invest another $35 to $40 million. He said the project will be split about half and half between Class A manufacturing and distribution facilities and should create about 750 fulltime permanent jobs at its three buildings.

“Unlike what you hear in the debates, things are still made in the U.S. and in Kansas City,” Miles said.

Noting the importance of government investment in public infrastructure to attract development, Miles said his company never would have built the Three Trails project without the recent improvements to 87th Street.

He added that the nearby highly visible presence of the Police Department’s South Patrol Campus has been a great help in overcoming a perception of crime in the area.

South Kansas City’s welcoming attitude toward business growth also was cited by Dave Claflin who handles marketing for Legacy Development, the company developing new restaurants on the south side of Ward Parkway Shopping Center and redeveloping Truman Corners Shopping Center as Truman’s Marketplace.

“In no area have I found a more welcoming community. South Kansas City is open for business,” Claflin said.

He noted construction is now underway for four sit down restaurants at Ward Parkway, and the name of the fifth restaurant planned for the area should be announced very soon. He said there is still room for two pad sites for additional restaurants at Truman’s Marketplace.

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South Kansas City is one of the fastest growing areas in the KCMO metropolitan area. Millions of investment dollars are being spent in this region, which makes it a prime location for businesses to grow and prosper. 

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