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2020 in Review: Setting new development records

2020 in Review: Setting new development records
Posted on 01/15/2021

Even when sales lagged, City recreation facilities closed and office buildings sent employees home, our planners, engineers, inspectors and permit technicians found themselves hustling to keep up with historic levels of development.

By the end of 2020, Lenexa had issued $449.9 million in development permits— that includes new residential and commercial construction, building additions, tenant finishes, remodeling and other construction. This will be just the third time in the City’s history that development has surpassed $400 million. This year’s total was just shy of 2018’s all-time record of $466 million.

In 2020, the City has reached historic records for:

  • New commercial construction valuation: $166 million (up 7% from 2016 record)
  • Multi-family construction valuation: $108 million (up 46% from 2017 record)
  • Total residential construction valuation: $255 million (up 13% from 2017 record)
  • New multi-family units: 636 (up 26% from 2014 record)
  • New residential units: 906 (up 6% from 2017 record)

New Ridgeview Road section attracts interest in development

At the center of Lenexa, a subterranean business park sprawls through former limestone mines. But creating new development above ground has long been prohibitively difficult due to rocky, rolling terrain, mine waste and lack of infrastructure.

The City of Lenexa invested $29.9 million to extend Ridgeview Road from Prairie Star Parkway to Kansas Highway 10 and make other surrounding improvements, moving nearly 106 Olympic swimming pools of rock and soil.

The new mile of road opened in April. In 2020, the City of Lenexa received three applications for new development along the roadway, including 7,000 square feet of retail space, a 100,000-square-foot warehouse/office building and a 410-unit, three-story climate-controlled self-storage building.

City staff work with businesses to meet pandemic's evolving demands

Lenexa is home to many businesses in the bioscience, manufacturing and logistics industries. This year, those businesses had to adapt quickly to meet the shifting public health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether a company was looking to add mobile research units to its property or expand its shipping or manufacturing capacity, these changes had to be reviewed and approved by City staff in divisions like Codes and Planning.

Even when they received a unique, unprecedented request that needed to be reviewed in a time-sensitive manner, staff worked diligently to help these industries efficiently expand so they could manufacture millions of testing supplies, conduct clinical trials for federal research programs, manage increased demand on logistics and supply chains and expand outdoor dining areas.

2020's 8 largest commercial projects by valuation

  • Lenexa Logistics East, Building 4: Warehouse at Renner Boulevard and 116th Street
  • Amazon Warehouse: College Boulevard and Mill Creek Road
  • Meritex Lenexa Executive Park Surface Buildings: Warehouses at 99th Street and Britton Street
  • Johnson County Veterans Affairs: Healthcare facility at Thompson Avenue and 113th Street
  • Stortroplis Self Storage: 102nd Street and Cherry Lane
  • Thermo Fisher Project Patriot: Warehouse at Harbinger Street and 116th Street
  • Midwest Sikh Gurudwara: Place of worship at 101st Street and Lone Elm Road
  • MHS Holdings: 107th Street and Lackman Road

Published January 15, 2020