VanTrust, JE Dunn, HOK partnership takes flight
BY KRISTA KLAUS, Managing Editor

VanTrust Real Estate , JE Dunn Construction Co. , and HOK have leveraged their collective strength in the Kansas City market to land a large-scale office development project adjacent to Tampa International Airport (TIA)

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) awarded a contract to VanTrust to develop a 9-story, 270,000-square foot office building near TIA, which served 21 million passengers in 2018. The tower will be the first commercial structure linked to the airport by a people mover.

“This will be a Class A office building in an excellent location with unrivaled access to Tampa International Airport,” said TIA Executive Vice President Chris Minner. “With easy connectivity to the Airport, downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg, this is really the ideal location for a wide range of companies.”

EPC's McKeen sees stability in multifamily market
BY MARCIA CHARNEY, Contributing Writer

Stable. Steady. Cautious. Opportunity. Those are the words Mike McKeen is using these days to describe the state of Kansas City ’s apartment market. The principal and president of EPC Real Estate Group, LLC spoke to a record-breaking crowd of more than 150 brokers and real estate professionals at the April meeting of the Kansas City chapter of CCIM

Areas that will continue to succeed in the multifamily market will have “charm, character and are walkable, with jobs in good proximity,” McKeen said, noting that strong players currently include Lenexa City Center , downtown Overland Park , Olathe , Mission ; and downtown Kansas City, Missouri , which leads the area in multifamily development. 

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B. Dean Construction lands T-Shotz project
BY LISA SHACKELFORD, Contributing Writer

Lee’s Summit -based B. Dean Construction has been named general contractor for the new 52,000-square foot T-Shotz golf and entertainment complex in the Metro North Crossing redevelopment. The project is targeted for an early 2020 completion.

“We are excited to be selected as the general contractor for the building construction and will be working as a team with Superior Bowen who is completing the site work portion of the work,” said Randy Dean , partner of B. Dean Construction. “We are starting foundation work (this week), so the public will see activity on the job site from now on.”
Metro North Crossing is slated to include a cinema, hotel, multifamily residential, as well as unique retail and dining destinations. Located at the site of the former Metro North Mall at the corner of U.S. 169 and NW Barry Road, T-Shotz will feature 66 hitting bays on three levels where guests can eat, drink and socialize while overlooking a 200-yard green-turfed target range.
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