2023: A Year of Record Growth

2023: A Year of Record Growth
Posted on 01/11/2024

Lenexa soared past prior records for new development in 2023, fueled by exceptionally strong commercial construction. Total construction value permitted in 2023 was $663,635,51742% higher than the previous record of $468 million set in 2018. Nearly $100 million was permitted in December 2023 alone.

2023 Development Highlights

  • Commercial construction exceeded its previous record in 2018 by 42%. Lenexa reported $463 million in commercial development, including $321 million in new construction.
  • AdventHealth’s new Lenexa City Center Hospital accounted for nearly 25% of the total value of construction permitted in 2023. Development at City Center continues to thrive, with three of the top 10 commercial construction projects of 2023 located there. Other new development at City Center includes an addition at Springhill Suites and new construction of several eateries at Restaurant Row.
  • Lenexa issued permits for 486 new housing units, including 132 single-family units, 16 duplex units and 338 multifamily units. The Reflections Apartments buildings – the second-largest project of 2023 – are the first new multifamily development permitted since 2020.

Top Commercial Construction Projects of 2023 (by value)

  • AdventHealth Lenexa City Center Hospital (New | $164 million): 230,000-square-foot hospital at the northwest corner of 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard
  • Reflections Apartments (New | $72 million): 338 new multifamily apartment units at 93rd Street and Renner Boulevard
  • Kiewit HQ Building #3 and Garage Extension (New | $57 million): 181,526 square-foot office building and 92,135-square-foot garage expansion at the Kiewit headquarters campus near 89th Street and Renner
  • Domain Apartment Reskin (Remodel | $15 million): Remodel of the exterior of apartments at 88th and Penrose
  • WaterOne Campus Improvements (Remodel | $14.7 million): Renovation of existing administrative office headquarters, warehouse space and vehicle storage building
  • Standard Beverage (New | $14 million): 82,626-square-foot beverage distribution facility and office space
  • Lenexa Smart Storage ($12 million): 118,560-square-foot self storage facility at 86th Street and Maurer
  • Cavern Tech (Remodel | $11 million): Build-out of data center suite in the Meritex Caves
  • CubeSmart (New | $10.5 million): 91,791-square-foot self-storage facility at College and Greenwood
  • Quest Clinical (Remodel | $6.5 million): Upgrade and enlargement of Quest Diagnostic’s existing automation lab

Looking ahead

2024 already looks to be a strong development year, with $245 million in the pending development pipeline. These projects have received necessary planning and development approvals but have not received permits needed to begin construction.

Lenexa’s Development Activities Map at Lenexa.com/DevelopmentMap shows development and planning applications being considered by the Planning Commission and City Council, plus applications approved by the City over the last two years. The map is a useful resource for learning about projects planned throughout Lenexa.

Published January 11, 2024