April 18, 2014

The Allen Group searches for new leader

Patrick Robinson

Despite changes at the top of the Allen Group, the developer for the Logistics Park of Kansas City (LPKC) to be attached to the intermodal in Edgerton, officials for the company anticipate signing new tenants in 2013.
“We are moving full speed ahead with our efforts to land tenants at LPKC,” Richard Allen, CEO of the Allen Group, said.
Patrick Robinson, formerly the executive vice president of the company, has taken a new role at NorthPoint Development. According to a press release, Robinson was instrumental in the planning stages of the logistics hub project. Since 2007,  Robinson has coordinated and supervised land development activities, consultants, contractors, project schedules, budget administration and construction related to the 558-acre logistics park in Edgerton.
As LPKC moves into the next phase of development, The Allen Group plans to fill the position with an individual equipped to handle the unprecedented interest in the new facilities at LPKC. A search is currently underway for the ideal candidate with a marketing background and relationships with local, regional and national tenants and brokers. In the interim, Allen and members of the national TAG team will be directly involved in day-to-day operations at LPKC.
Allen said the Allen Group is currently working with potential tenants who see the value of locating a facility within close proximity to BNSF Railway’s Kansas City Intermodal Facility in Edgerton. The $250 million intermodal facility is nearly 75 percent complete, and officials anticipate opening in the fourth quarter of 2013.
On land surrounding the intermodal, the Allen Group will develop a logistics park,
which can accommodate seven million square feet of new warehouse manufacturing and distribution buildings. Three million square feet in the development will offer direct rail service to buildings.
“Although Patrick Robinson, who has led the LPKC project during the critical entitlement and master planning phases, has left TAG, his departure does not affect the positive momentum of LPKC,” Allen said.
The development group also this week announced it has finalized an agreement with Cisterra Development to provide debt and equity financing for the build-out of the master-planned distribution and warehouse development in Edgerton.

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