186-acre industrial park in southern Olathe clears commission

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A large industrial complex proposed in southern Olathe near the border with Gardner easily cleared its first hurdle this week.

The Olathe Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the required rezoning request and preliminary site development plan for the proposed Intermodal Industrial Park near Interstate 35 during its Monday meeting.

Aside from some brief discussion about truck traffic flow in the area and coordinating some potential improvements down the line with other jurisdictions, the proposal moved through the commission with relative ease.

Olathe industrial complex will have 8 buildings

  • The development planned near 175th Street and Clare Road will span roughly 186 acres.
  • In all, eight buildings are proposed. The facilities are speculative, said Jessica Schuller, senior planner, which means specific tenants have yet to be publicly discussed.
  • The buildings will be built in phases, starting with the structures planned to sit directly on Clare Road.
  • When fully built out, the Intermodal Industrial Park will have a total of 2.8 million square feet of new industrial space.

Olathe is emphasizing industrial growth in that corridor

  • This particular area near I-35 in southern Olathe has been defined recently by industrial development.
  • Nearby, the new Heartland Coca-Cola bottling facility is under construction.
  • The Lone Elm Commerce Center is also located to the northeast of the proposed new industrial park.
  • The property for the Intermodal Industrial Park was annexed into the city of Olathe in 2022.
Olathe industrial complex proposed at 175th and Clare
Intermodal Industrial Park is proposed at 175th and Clare Road in southern Olathe. Image via Olathe planning documents.

Next steps:

  • The rezoning and site development plan application goes to the Olathe City Council for approval next.
  • The item is scheduled for the April 16 city council meeting.
  • Later, Olathe will require a final site development plan and building permits.
  • The Intermodal Industrial Park may also require a Floodplain Development permit because there’s a recorded flood zone on the property, according to city documents.

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Kaylie McLaughlin
Kaylie McLaughlin

👋 Hi! I’m Kaylie McLaughlin, and I cover Overland Park and Olathe for the Johnson County Post.

I grew up in Shawnee and graduated from Mill Valley in 2017. I attended Kansas State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2021. While there, I worked for the K-State Collegian, serving as the editor-in-chief. As a student, I interned for the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT in Topeka. I also contributed to the KLC Journal and the Kansas Reflector. Before joining the Post in 2023 as a full-time reporter, I worked for the Olathe Reporter.