Half-Million-Square-Foot Industrial Project Developed in Edgerton, Kan.

EDGERTON, Kan. (May 3, 2017) – Copaken Brooks is pleased to announce Midwest Gateway, a half-million- square-foot industrial project under development at the doorstep of the BNSF intermodal facility in Edgerton, Kansas. The project is slated to begin construction the week of May 8 with a formal groundbreaking ceremony to be held later in the month.

The project, which is being developed by Copaken Brooks, is comprised of two buildings: 301,603 square feet and 186,107 square feet to be built on a speculative basis. The project is designed with flexibility to accommodate warehouse, distribution and manufacturing users. The smaller footprints address unmet demand near the intermodal for tenants who require between 50,000 and 300,000 square feet. Construction will be completed for both buildings and will be delivered ready for tenants’ occupancy in February 2018.

“We are excited to deliver Midwest Gateway to the burgeoning Kansas City logistics and distribution market,” said Bucky Brooks, principal at Copaken Brooks. “Midwest Gateway is an ideal project for us to extend our infill development expertise and deliver a state-of-the-art industrial project on a premiere site at the heart of the BNSF intermodal.”

“The City of Edgerton is pleased to welcome Midwest Gateway to the market,” said Mayor Roberts. “For the last several years, we have not had product available for tenants interested in smaller-scale, flexible space. This unique project fills a gap in our portfolio that will allow us to service a greater number of tenants wanting to be in Edgerton, particularly those that may provide support to other intermodal-related businesses. We are excited for the growth this will bring to the city of Edgerton.”

Less than half a mile from the BNSF intermodal, Midwest Gateway is the closest development site and is poised to leverage the intermodal’s advantages to help tenants reduce operating and drayage costs and maximize their supply chain. Being located along a heavy haul corridor allows shippers to send heavier loads to and from the intermodal yard.

“It is great to be bringing this project to the market. The supply and demand drivers for this size of building are unmet at the BNSF intermodal,” said Aaron Schlagel, vice president, development at Copaken Brooks. “The buildings allow flexibility for industrial users who need a more efficient building footprint and increased operational efficiencies due to Midwest Gateway’s unique locational benefits.”

The buildings will feature tilt-up concrete walls and architectural glass, a minimum 32-foot clear height, 7” floor slab and T-5 motion sensor lighting. Accommodating multiple industrial uses, the buildings will have ample docks with the ability to expand, plus truck parking and trailer storage.

The property is co-listed by Bucky Brooks of Copaken Brooks and Nathan Anderson and Russell Pearson of NAI Heartland. Project team members include GMA Architects, ARCO National Construction, Shafer, Kline & Warren, Krudwig & Associates, and Metro Air.

About Midwest Gateway:

Midwest Gateway is a speculative industrial project currently under development in Edgerton, Kansas. The two- building project totals nearly a half million square feet and is divisible to 50,000 square feet. Incorporating industry- leading design features to meet the needs of a variety of industries, the smaller format buildings address an unmet market need for small-to-medium sized users. Directly adjacent to the BNSF intermodal yard, the location of Midwest Gateway allows companies to leverage intermodal advantages that reduce operating costs and drayage, increase efficiencies, decrease environmental impact and maximize the supply chain. Visit them.

About Copaken Brooks:

Copaken Brooks is a full-service commercial real estate firm offering sales, representation, management, development, acquisition and investment services. Established in 1922, Copaken Brooks provides expert representation for tenants, landlords, buyers, and sellers as well as corporate real estate services in all 50 U.S. states and Canada. Copaken Brooks has developed some of the Kansas City region’s most significant signature properties, including Town Pavilion and 1201 Walnut buildings in downtown Kansas City and several major retail malls in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois, including Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, Kansas. Copaken Brooks leases and manages four million square feet of retail, office, industrial, and mixed-use space. Over our history, we’ve developed 14 million square feet of commercial property. Today, Copaken Brooks continues to play a major role in places where millions of people work and shop, and has approximately two million square feet of real estate projects in development or predevelopment phases including City Center Lenexa in Lenexa, Kansas and Corrigan Station and ARTerra, both located in the heart of the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit them.

About NAI Heartland:

NAI Heartland was formed in 1987 to provide professional commercial realty services in a forthright and results oriented fashion for clients requiring both tenant and property representation. NAI Heartland is the Kansas City affiliate of the NAI Global Network which is a member-owned national network of commercial real estate providers. NAI affiliated offices employ over 10,000 commercial real estate professionals nationwide. The NAI Global Network affiliates earned the top 5 spot in the 2014 Lipsey Survey of the Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. NAI Heartland has an excellent track record marketing, negotiating and overseeing every aspect of commercial real estate brokerage activities. Each associate has been responsible for providing the skill, talent and proven professionalism necessary to ensure our clients make the best real estate decisions while building long-term professional and personal relationships. NAI Heartland provides Brokerage Services including industrial, investment, land, office, owner’s rep, retail, tenant representation as well as appraisals, lease administration, market research, property management and property valuation. Visit them.

About ElevateEdgerton!

ElevateEdgerton! is a public-private economic development partnership that serves as the proactive advocate for the economic advancement of the City of Edgerton. Edgerton is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. Edgerton defines itself as the unique juxtaposition of a small town with strong community values and a world-class inland port with direct connection to the global supply chain. ElevateEdgerton! initiates programs and services to attract and retain business, encourages diverse development by partnering with allies and ensures Edgerton stays a pro-business community. The partnership provides high-value opportunities to investors through promotion and communication, networking and thought leadership.