UG Announces $155 million Turner Development


Plans for a $125-million logistics and distribution center at I-70 and the Turner Diagonal has won unanimous approval from the Unified Government Economic Development Standing Committee. The full Unified Government Commission will vote on the project on May 9th.
The complex of up to eight warehouses will be constructed north of I-70 and a newly designed Turner Diagonal interchange. When completed, the Turner Logistics Center will have as many as 2.7-million square feet of industrial space and create approximately 1,800 new jobs.
The Turner Diagonal, with its looping on and off ramps, will be rebuilt as a diverging diamond interchange to give direct access in all directions to I-70 and open hundreds of acres for development.
Construction of the new interchange will cost $30-million, paid with a $13.8-million federal BUILD Grant, $7.5-million in local funding, and millions more in funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation and NorthPoint Development. The total investment in the area is $155-million.
“These projects illustrate the tremendous results that can be achieved when the private sector and all levels of government work together toward a common goal,” said Katherine Carttar, Director of Economic Development for the UG. “The significant investment and job creation make this a great project for Wyandotte County.”    
NorthPoint Development will build the logistics center. NorthPoint currently has developed and manages 62-million square feet of industrial space, including several buildings in the KCK Fairfax Industrial Area.
The interchange and first logistics building are expected to be complete by the end of 2020.