October 25, 2014

No abatement for Riverbend Transfer

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Fifty percent tax abatements are the norm for warehouse projects in Gardner, Olathe and other cities competing for industrial development.
But not so at New Century AirCenter.
Tom Riederer, president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp., said the powers that be at New Century weigh abatement requests individually.
Riverbend Transfer, an agricultural animal feed shipping company, did not qualify for a 50 percent tax abatement, which is standard in neighboring communities.
“The abatements are considered on a case-by-case basis (at New Century),” Riederer said.
Riverbend Transfer plans to build a 24,000 square foot warehouse on seven acres near 166th Street and Moonlight Road at New Century.
Riederer said the construction timeframe is uncertain.
“It’s pretty simple construction,” he said. “The purpose is to export agricultural products using containers, similar to the DeLong Co.”
The DeLong Co., an exporter of containerized grain, closed on the purchase of an 8.7 acre site at the intermodal logistics park last year.
Riederer said Riverbend Transfer would use the New Century rail to deliver grain to the warehouse where it would be placed into containers and then trucked to the intermodal logistics park.
The Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board will consider the project at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Gardner Senior Center.

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