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Bel Aire’s Sunflower Commerce Park sells land to cement company

Bel Aire’s Sunflower Commerce Park sells land to cement company

The City of Bel Aire has agreed to terms to sell 14.9 acres in the city’s Sunflower Commerce Park to Buzzi Unicem USA Inc.

Buzzi Unicem manufactures cement, the mineral powder that mixes with water and aggregate to make concrete. The company wants to build a $6 million distribution center in Bel Aire, says City Administrator Ty Lasher.

The Bel Aire City Council approved the sale, at $21,250 per acre, during its meeting Tuesday.

Lasher says the acreage Buzzi Unicem hopes to buy is at the southwest corner of 53rd Street North and Greenwich Road.

The sale is contingent on Bel Aire being able to install a $1.2 million rail spur to the Union Pacific line that runs through the 804-acre industrial park.

Lasher says the city expects to learn later this month whether the Kansas Department of Transportation can cover all or part of that cost.

Assuming the rail-spur project moves forward, Buzzi Unicem would close on its purchase before year’s end and would likely start construction in the spring.

The city has two other potential deals in the works for the first phase of the Sunflower Commerce Park.

By Josh Heck
Wichita Business Journal

Lasher says the city signed a contract last month to sell 12 acres, with an option for 5 more, to Shuttle Aerospace, which plans to build an aerospace parts factory and warehouse.

That sale is expected to close after the first of the year.

The city also has an agreement to sell 20 acres to RDC National Inc. so it can build a distribution facility for another, undisclosed company.

Those three facilities would join Century Manufacturing in the industrial park. Century essentially launched the Sunflower Commerce Park when it started construction on its new manufacturing facility last year.

Lasher says the city has now sold 60 of the 150 acres available in the industrial park’s first phase.

“We couldn’t be happier,” Lasher says.

The city is working with Marlin Penner, president of John T. Arnold Associates, to market the land in its industrial park.