September 1, 2014

Intermodal property still under consideration for warehouse

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

Rumors that Demdaco has decided not to build a warehouse in Edgerton are not true, according to David Dillner, Edgerton City Administrator.
Demdaco seeks to build a 300,000 square-foot distribution center, and the figurine-importer may just build on the BNSF intermodal site. To facilitate such a development, Edgerton officials have re-zoned 16 acres on the northeast side of the intermodal property.

The re-zoned acreage would allow enough space for Demdaco’s 312,000-square-foot warehouse with additional capacity to add as much as 126,000-square-feet in the future. As many as two other development locations in the Kansas City metro area are also being considered for the warehouse site.

“Demdaco has not yet made a final determination,” Dillner said. “They’re still looking. It’s my understanding they’re looking at configuration options.”

Dillner said the site plan presented to Edgerton officials only includes a 312,000 square foot building with expansion options of up to 126,000 additional square feet, but new plans may include the immediate construction of all 438,000 square feet.

The import company sells items manufactured in China and is best-known for its Willow Tree sculptures sold in Hallmark stores. A privately-owned company, it does not disclose financial information. The company currently employs more than 300 people and is based in Leawood. It also leases warehouse facilities in Kansas City.

The Allen Group of Kansas, the developer for the intermodal project, did not return phone calls related to this story.

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