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Hunt Midwest Adds 700K SF to SubTropolis in Kansas City

Hunt Midwest completed the buildout of an additional 700,000 square feet of Class-A space at its SubTropolis, located in Kansas City, MO and reportedly the world’s largest underground business complex. This expansion, built on speculation, offers a naturally temperature-controlled climate, suitable for storing inventory with a limited lifespan or specific temperature needs.

“The naturally climate-controlled environment in SubTropolis provides a low-cost solution for distribution space in the heart of the logistics corridor,” said Mike Bell, SVP at Hunt Midwest. “Building a business complex into limestone cliffs isn’t something that’s done every day. But Hunt Midwest has been able to successfully leverage one of Kansas City’s natural resources to create a unique environment that benefits many business models.”

A substantial portion of SubTropolis’ seven-million-square-foot footprint is currently occupied by e-commerce, archival and document storage, pharmaceutical and animal health facilities, and food distributors.


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