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Belton Planning Commission advances Southview Golf Course redevelopment

May 24, 2018 — Belton, MO– The Belton Planning Commission voted 8-1 in favor of NorthPoint Development’s $105 million plan to redevelop the former Southview Golf Course into a 148-acre flex industrial campus. The Belton City Council will consider the redevelopment in June and if approved, a groundbreaking will take place later this year.

At full buildout, the Southview Commerce Center will include five buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet of state-of-the-art light manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space and create an estimated 1,400 jobs with a potential annual wage impact of $58 million.

“NorthPoint Development is an industry leading developer of quality business parks, and the City is eager to partner with NorthPoint to bring new advanced manufacturing and logistics jobs to Belton,” Belton City Manager Alexa Barton said. “The former Southview Golf Course has been vacant for more than a decade, and this business park is a strategic economic development win for the City.”

Located just east of I-49 between 155th Street and 162nd Street, Southview Commerce Center is master planned for five buildings ranging from 235,000 to 622,000 square feet.

 

“Southview Commerce Center’s strategic north/south location along Interstate 49 in the heart of the country is a great play for a variety of users,” NorthPoint Vice President of Development Brent Miles said. “Demand continues to be strong for light industrial and warehouse and distribution facilities in the Kansas City market. We are eager to move forward and appreciate the City of Belton’s support throughout the approval process.”

For more information:

Alexa Barton | Belton City Manager | ABarton@belton.org

Carolyn Yatsook | Economic Development Director | CYatsook@belton.org

Cass County job fair set for Saturday, April 21

More than 40 employers seek to fill more than 700 jobs at annual event

BELTON, MO—The Belton Chamber of Commerce and Raymore Chamber of Commerce will co-host the third annual Cass County Job Fair & Business Expo from 9-noon on Saturday, April 21. The event will take place at Belton High School, 801 W. North Ave.

More than 40 local employers will be seeking to fill more than 700 open positions in a variety of industries including financial services, health care, retail, warehouse and distribution, manufacturing and IT. Companies represented include Belton Regional Medical Center, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Church & Dwight, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Cerner Corp.

The event offers job seekers free career advancement workshops on topics ranging from dressing for success and how to improve your social media profile from the following: West Central Missouri Community Actions Agency, The Full Employment Council, Belton School District, and Mazuma Credit Union.

Contact:

Diane Huckshorn | 816-309-1448 | ChamberBelton@gmail.com

City of Belton set to consider redevelopment plan for Southview Golf Course

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April 5, 2018– Belton, MO— The Belton Planning Commission will consider a proposal by NorthPoint Development to redevelop the former Southview Golf Course into a 148-acre flex industrial campus. At full buildout, the Southview Commerce Center will include five buildings totaling more than 2 million square feet of state-of-the-art light manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space and create an estimated 1,400 jobs with a potential annual wage impact of $58 million.

“NorthPoint has an exceptional track record of developing quality business parks in Kansas City and throughout the country,” said Belton City Manager Alexa Barton. “Belton Economic Development Director Carolyn Yatsook has worked diligently to raise Belton’s profile as a leader in creating advanced manufacturing and logistics jobs in the Midwest, and NorthPoint’s investment validates those efforts.”

The former Southview Golf Course has been vacant for more than a decade. The Belton Planning Commission will consider NorthPoint’s proposed $105.5 million project in mid-May with full City Council consideration expected in June and groundbreaking later this year.

“Belton has been an unbelievable partner, and we look forward to working with various governmental entities over the next several months to obtain necessary approvals,” NorthPoint Vice President of Development Brent Miles said.

For more information:

Alexa Barton | ABarton@belton.org
Carolyn Yatsook | CYatsook@belton.org

Located just east of I-49 between 155th Street and 162nd Street, the light industrial park at 16001 S. Outer Road is master planned for five buildings ranging from 235,000 to 622,000 square feet.

Cracker Barrel breaks ground in Belton

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Restaurant and store will be Cracker Barrel’s first Missouri’s location in 13 years

BELTON, MOMarch 22, 2018—Cracker Barrel began construction on its new restaurant and gift shop in Belton’s Cornerstone Pointe development on Monday, March 19th.

Located on the southeast corner of 163rd Street and Interstate 49, the 10,000-square foot restaurant and store will be Cracker Barrel’s first location in Cass County and its 18th in the state of Missouri.

The new Cracker Barrel will feature antique décor on the walls sourced from the local Belton community. Cracker Barrel plans to hire more than 175 full and part-time employees at its Belton location. Opening is targeted for the fall of 2018.

Contact:

Carolyn Yatsook |  cyatook@belton.org

Fairfield Inn Groundbreaking set for March 16

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Four-story, 83-room hotel located north of Highway 58 expected to open in 2019

BELTON, MO—March 15, 2017 – Salina Hotel Group will break ground on its new 83-room, four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018. The 48,000-square foot hotel will be located just north of Highway 58 between Mullen Road and Interstate 49 in Belton, Missouri.

“This new hotel is in response to ongoing residential and commercial growth in Belton and surrounding Cass County,” Belton City Manager Alexa Barton said. “Located just west of Interstate 49 and south of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, this hotel project will serve an unmet need for quality hotel space in Belton and the surrounding region.”

The project includes construction of a new east-west access road adjacent to existing retail development to the south. The new road will be constructed with funds from a newly established Community Improvement District. Additional retail pad sites are available just west of the hotel, which is targeted for an early 2019 completion.

“We look forward to developing the Fairfield Inn & Suites Belton and being a great asset to the community. The recent and expected growth in the area, have us excited about doing business here. We believe this hotel project will be great fit for Belton and the surrounding community,” said Shamir Bhakta, regional manager for Salina Hotel Corp.

Project partners include City of Belton, Mo.; Belton Economic Development; and Salina Hotel Corp.

Contact:
Carolyn Yatsook | cyatsook@belton.org | 816-892- 1263
Krista Klaus | kristamartinklaus@gmail.com | 913-284- 5752

Four New Retail Stores Open in Belton Gateway

 

BELTON, MO—March 13, 2018— Four retailers have celebrated March grand openings in Belton Gateway’s $63 million second phase, including Marshalls, Party City, Petco, and Five Below.

Ross Dress for Less is scheduled to open later this spring in the $136 million, 47-acre mixed-use development located just west of I-49 at Y Highway. Kneaders Bakery opened in the summer of 2017.

“Belton Gateway is quickly becoming Cass County’s premier retail destination, thanks to its location and easy highway access,” said Belton Economic Development Director Carolyn Yatsook. “We are seeing a tremendous amount of activity in this corridor, which offers
retailers great visibility and convenient highway access due to a new interchange.”

In addition, the relocation of Turner Road has been completed and provides improved traffic flow to the North Scott redevelopment area. In addition, new traffic signals at Y Highway and Turner are installed, allowing drivers to turn left onto Y Highway toward I-49, something that previously was not possible.

Developed by Christie Development, Belton Gateway’s two phases are master planned for a total of more than 182,000 square feet of developable space. The project’s $70 million Phase One included a 58,000-square foot Academy Sports and Outdoors store, a 55,000-square foot Hobby Lobby, and two multiple-tenant retail buildings that are home to Belton Family Dental Care, Fazoli’s, and Cricket Wireless. Phase One has potential for construction of a 20,000-square foot hotel.

Contact:

Carolyn Yatsook | cyatsook@belton.org | 816-892- 1263
Krista Klaus | kristamartinklaus@gmail.com | 913-284- 5752

Hawaiian dining concept enters KC market with Belton location

Hawaiian Bros will open in February and plans a dozen metro-area restaurants

BELTON, MO—December 20, 2017– Two brothers who helped operate Hawaiian Time, a quick casual restaurant chain with nine Oregon locations, are rolling into the Kansas City market with a similar concept in Belton, the first of as many as a dozen planned for the metro area.

Cameron McNie and Tyler McNie will open Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, 1112 E. North Ave, in February. The brothers partnered with longtime friends and brothers Paul Worcester and Joel Worcester of Worcester Investments to purchase the 2,800-square foot former home of Long John Silver’s.

“Our family purchased a single restaurant in 2003 from a Hawaiian family,” Cameron McNie said. “We’d never been in the restaurant industry, but the business just exploded from that one location and we grew it throughout Oregon. After working for our family restaurant for many years, my brother and I wanted to branch off and do our own thing.”

Hawaiian Bros will feature Hawaiian-inspired island décor and an all-fresh menu that includes a signature teriyaki chicken dish, Huli Huli Chicken. At about $8.50, the restaurant’s traditional plate lunch includes a main portion of meat, two scoops of white rice, and a scoop of macaroni salad.

“This is a very similar yet different concept than Hawaiian Time. We have re-branded the look and feel to be our own as well as added some new takes on the menu while keeping the core of the traditional plate lunch intact,” McNie said. “We’ve been doing this for 14 years and think we have a good idea of what works.”

McNie said the ownership group chose to launch in Belton because of population growth in Belton and Raymore, as well as the ability to purchase the standalone building near Target and Home Depot at the intersection of 58 Hwy. and Towne Center Drive.

“There are plenty of other successful establishments nearby, and the square footage is ideal for our operation,” McNie said. “We feel our food and price point will be appealing to a wide demographic, allowing us to be successful wherever we are located. We believe the Midwest is ready for Hawaiian plate lunch.”

The McNie brothers already are scouting a second metro-area location after touring more than a half dozen potential sites in November.

For more information:

Carolyn Yatsook, Belton Economic Development Director | cyatsook@belton.org

City of Belton joins MoDOT for 155th Street Interchange ribbon cutting


Belton, Missouri – Dec. 15, 2017– The City of Belton, Missouri, along with the City of Grandview and the Missouri Department of Transportation, celebrated the opening of a new diverging diamond interchange and roundabout at Interstate 49 and 155th Street interchange on Friday, Dec. 15.

The 155th Street interchange is the first completed project in the state of Missouri to combine a diverging diamond interchange with a roundabout to handle large volumes of traffic.

“This interchange will enhance public safety by reducing traffic congestion and accidents,” said Belton Mayor Jeff Davis. “The City also anticipates an economic benefit as Belton works diligently to attract companies in the transportation, manufacturing and e-commerce industries. These improvements create a critical direct linkage to Markey Business Park and our North Scott redevelopment area and will assist the city in ongoing economic development attraction activity.”

The interchange offers a key sustainable connection for Belton thanks to the addition of a dedicated shared use path for all bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the roundabout on 155th Street.
For more information:

Carolyn Yatsook | Belton Economic Development | 816-892-1263 | cyatsook@belton.org

City of Belton Approves Cracker Barrel project


Restaurant expected to spark retail activity at Cornerstone Pointe development

BELTON, MO—October 5, 2017—The Belton Planning Commission has approved Cracker Barrel’s plans to construct a 9,170-square foot restaurant and gift shop in the Cornerstone Pointe development on the southeast corner of 163rd Street and Interstate 49. The store will be Cracker Barrel’s first location in Cass County and its 18th in the state of Missouri.

Construction is expected by begin in November, with an opening by May of 2018. Located adjacent to the Hampton Inn just east of I-49, the restaurant is expected to help attract additional retail activity to the 22-acre Cornerstone Pointe development. Local developer Steve Havens owns the property, which is being marketed by Lane4 Property Group and is master-planned for more than 90,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

“Cracker Barrel’s announcement already is creating significant buzz. A single item posted on the city’s Facebook page went viral and reached more than 50,000 users, which is more than double Belton’s population,” said Carolyn Yatsook, Belton Director of Economic Development. “The City looks forward to sharing future exciting tenant announcements in the Cornerstone Pointe development in the coming months.”

The Belton Planning Commission also approved a special use permit allowing Cracker Barrel to build a 60-foot sign near the interstate. No incentives were requested for the project.

Contact:

Krista Klaus | kristamartinklaus@gmail.com | 913-284-5752
Alexa Barton | abarton@belton.org | 816-331-4331

City of Belton approves new Fairfield Inn & Suites

Four-story, 83-room hotel located north of Highway 58 expected to open in 2018

BELTON, MO—September 27, 2017 – The City of Belton has approved a new 83-room, four-story Fairfield Inn & Suites located just north of Highway 58 between Mullen Road and Interstate 49.

Salina Hotel Corp. will begin construction by the end of the year on the 48,000- square foot hotel project, with a targeted opening by the end of 2018. The project includes construction of a new east-west access road adjacent to existing retail development to the south. The new road will be constructed with funds from a newly established Community Improvement District.

“Belton is fast becoming the business epicenter of Cass County, which is experiencing a surge in both residential and commercial development,” Belton City Manager Alexa Barton said. “Located just west of Interstate 49 and south of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center, this hotel project will serve an unmet need for quality hotel space in Belton and the surrounding region.”

Shamir Bhakta, Salina Hotel Corp. regional manager, said the hotel development firm believes the project will be a great fit for Belton as well as Cass County.

“We look forward to developing the Fairfield Inn & Suites Belton and building a great asset to the community. Salina Hotel Group is excited to do business in Belton due to the recent and expected growth in the area,” Bhakta said.

Project partners include City of Belton, Mo.; Belton Economic Development; and Salina Hotel Corp. Additional retail pad sites are available just west of the hotel project.

Contact:
Krista Klaus | kristamartinklaus@gmail.com | 913-284-5752
Alexa Barton | abarton@belton.org | 816-331-4331