Port KC Progress
June 2018
Grand opening of Union Berkley Riverfront
The ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of 
Union Berkley Riverfront.
Flaherty & Collins Properties and Port KC celebrated the grand opening of Union Berkley Riverfront, a $72 million, mixed-use development on Wednesday, June 13, at 1000 Berkley Parkway in Kansas City.
 
"We are excited to open this property for the Berkley Riverfront and Downtown Kansas City," said Ryan Cronk, Vice President of Development for Flaherty & Collins Properties. "Port KC has done a fabulous job in preparing this area for the growth it is seeing now, and we believe this project, with quality housing that supports the Riverfront area, is another component that will continue to build on the thriving downtown of Kansas City."

Union is a mixed-use development consisting of 407 market rate luxury apartments and 12,400 square feet of retail space. A secure parking garage featuring 443 parking spaces, to be used by residents and retail customers, will be housed on property.
 
"The new Union Berkley Riverfront development is exactly what Kansas City needs to help welcome new residents, visitors and tourists to our beautiful riverfront," said Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James. "This exciting new community will be an asset to downtown Kansas City, and an anchor for future projects."

Union will offer residents and guests gorgeous, panoramic views of downtown and direct access to the riverfront park area. These amenities will support and activate the Berkley Riverfront greenspace next to the Missouri River and meets the goals that Port KC had in mind when they identified the project.

"The opening of Union Berkley Riverfront marks a significant point in our city's history as we bring people back to its origins - our beautiful riverfront," said Zoraya Rowlands, Interim President & CEO of Port KC. "We couldn't have asked for a better partner in Flaherty & Collins for this first development project at the riverfront. Union reflects their commitment to bring world class, luxury living to Kansas City's front door."
 
The project, at 664,812 total square feet, began construction in late November 2016, is developed and managed by Flaherty & Collins Properties, financed by TCF Bank and was constructed by MW Builders. Learn more by visiting www.unionbp.com .
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Tonnage continues to grow on the Missouri River in KC region

Port KC saw its first shipments of coal slag in
May and June of this year.
Port KC has seen a 106% increase in tonnage since it reopened the port in 2015. For this year, the projected annual tonnage of 73,414 tons adds to the existing 40,000 tons the terminal already handles. Such a large annual increase cannot be expected moving forward, but a modest 10 - 12% growth in annual tonnages is anticipated.  

Most importantly, the terminals in the region have increased tons shipped, from 61,000 to a projected 428,000 for this year. Ports in the Kansas City region are Omaha, Nebraska City, Kansas City and Lexington, MO. Cement, grain and asphalt all play a part in the regional tonnage picture.
Tons shipped in the region have increased since 2015, with 428,000 tons projected to ship this year.
The shift from road and rail transport to water stems from a booming economy and tight freight capacity in the terrestrial modes. These waterborne shipping increases relate to removing 18,000 trucks from highways for long haul truck trips. As more barges appear on the river, freight rates will lower on the waterway as well as truck and rail.  This makes Kansas City and the surrounding region more competitive for freight transport and destination.
Family-friendly fun and fireworks show at KC RiverFest
Watch as bright lights fill the air over the Missouri River at Berkley Riverfront during the Midwest's largest Independence Day fireworks show. KC RiverFest will be filled with family friendly events before fireworks close the night. There will be live music on multiple stages and over a dozen food truck options.

Gates open Wednesday, July 4th at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, please visit KC RiverFest's website or the Facebook event page
Premium sports apparel company adds location in south KC

A major apparel company specializing in high quality athletic and teamwear has opened a warehouse at CenterPoint KCS Intermodal Center, adjacent to Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park.

A4 Apparel will ship products from its new 175,000 square foot warehouse at 14901 Andrews Road in south Kansas City. This is the company's largest warehouse, and it joins other locations in California and Texas. With this new addition, A4 Apparel will have the capabilities to ship to 80% of the US population within 2 days.

A4 Apparel's expansion into Kansas City will bring more commerce and jobs to the region. A4 owner Mark Martens specifically cited the skilled workforce in the Kansas City area as a reason for choosing this location.

For more information, please visit the A4 website and view the press release
Riverfront Fitness makes strong return to the riverfront

Amber from City Gym leads participants through fitness exercises.

Riverfront Fitness is underway, back for a second year at Berkley Riverfront. These free classes contribute towards Friends of the River and Port KC's goal of building a vibrant community with a focus on fitness at the riverfront. It provides an opportunity to switch up workouts and enjoy the beautiful views at Berkley Riverfront.

The hour-long sessions are led by experts from local yoga studios and fitness centers: Karma Tribe Yoga, City Gym, KC Yoga Center and HillTop Strong. 

For more information on Riverfront Fitness and class schedules, please visit the Berkley Riverfront website. Please visit the Friends of the River website for more information on this organization.
Properties available for lease at Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park

At Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park, tenants enjoy easy access to major highways and interstates including I-49,  29, 35, 70, 435 and 635.  Additionally, these properties benefit from inclusion in a Foreign-Trade Zone and Class I freight rail service from Kansas City Southern.

One such property, located at  15301 Westover Rd. , is available for lease and includes the following:
  • 97,616 sf available 
  • Space is divisible
  • 16' ceiling clearance
  • Wet sprinkler system
  • Cross dock loading configuration
  • Fenced, outside storage available
For more information and a list of all properties available for lease at Richards-Gebaur, please  click here. For any inquiries, please contact Mark Long, SIOR, CCIM, LEED AP, at  mlong@ngzimmer.com or call 816-512-1011.
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