Archive for Monday, July 15, 2013

Edgerton distribution park gets boost

July 15, 2013


The new distribution hub near Baldwin City in Edgerton got a boost recently when it brought a major tenant on board.

Leawood-based home decor importer Demdaco has announced plans to build an $18-million distribution center at the new Logistics Park Kansas City, which is scheduled to be completed this fall. Though the park is located just outside of Douglas County at the new Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway intermodal facility, it's expected to have a large economic impact on the entire region, including the Lawrence area.

Demdaco is the third tenant at Logistics Park Kansas City. The DeLong Co. Inc., intends to have an $8 million grain-distribution facility built by Aug. 1. The project's developer, Kansas City, Mo.-based NorthPoint Development, is also building a 500,000-square-foot distribution center with 7 million square feet of vertical warehouse space.

The logistics park allows agricultural exporters, e-commerce companies, and traditional retailers and product distributors to be near a major transportation hub. Companies that import and export alike will be able to share containers, saving them money in logistical costs. The entire project, which is on more than 1,000 acres, has been estimated to have the potential to create 13,000 jobs.


blindrabbit 4 years, 10 months ago

Any timeline on the opening of the BNSF Intermodel???? Drove by yesterday, place is huge! The main connection to I-35 looks to be a month or so from completion! Is there any estimated truck traffic volume onto US56 westbound through Baldwin City to US59 (at former Baldwin Junction). That would seem to be a logical (although somewhat convoluted) connection to the Kansas Turnpike (I-70) westbound by way of the existing portion of the SLT.

Bob Burton 4 years, 10 months ago

blindrabbit, There was to be very limited truck traffic that way. If going to one of the warehouses in Lawrence they would go that way. Every body else is to go to the Interstate. Where it gets sticky is if there is a bad accident on I35, then everybody could end up going US56 West or Esst. That will be fun & games. Think of 5000 trucks a day. Have a good day & stay cool.

blindrabbit 4 years, 10 months ago

South; Thanks, do you know timeframe for opening??

riverdrifter 4 years, 10 months ago

Late this year. They will bring it on line gradually. The interlocker from the main line at Edgerton is done. I live in BC and I don't think the affect (effect) of this, in terms of growth and traffic on US 56 can be underestimated. All along though, BNSF has said that traffic volume on 56 would be minimal. Time will tell on all counts.

Armstrong 4 years, 10 months ago

I believe the fall of '14 is what I remember.

blindrabbit 4 years, 10 months ago

Should have asked this in my prior; is there any increase in the number of trains operating on this part of the BNSF system as a result of this facility?

Bob Burton 4 years, 10 months ago

When I moved to Edgerton in the mid '70s there was 54 trains a week. Left Edgerton in the mid '00s & there had been 80 trains a day before the crash in '08. They had said that the total should go up to about 120 trains a day. Hope this helps. Have a good day & stay cool.

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