Kansas City’s Freight Fortune

…Early this month, railway BNSF held a sneak peek for business leaders at its new $250-million intermodal center in Edgerton, Kan. The project adds to the railway’s current Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kan., which is operating at over capacity, handling more than 330,000 containers in 2012. The new intermodal, which will handle 500,000 containers, had some stumbles in the recession and through legal challenges over environmental impact, but is now poised to open by the third quarter to connect the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Chicago.

In preparation for the opening, there’s been a flurry of activity. The Allen Group, based in San Diego, has brought on partner NorthPoint Development to start work on a 500,000-sq.-ft. spec building at Logistics Park Kansas City, the distribution side of the BNSF intermodal center. In addition, a venture by Kessinger/Hunter & Co. and SunLife Financial recently completed construction on an 821,663-sq.-ft. speculative building in the I-35 Logistics Park in Olathe, Kan., close to the new BNSF property…

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