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NO OTHER SITE

IN AMERICA

MEASURES UP

TO ASTRA

The new home of Panasonic's $4B advanced battery production facility, our 9,000+ acre enterprise park has utility-scale renewable energy on-site, surrounded by a skilled workforce in the heart of North America. 

Development

VISION

A LEGACY ENDEAVOR 

With more than 2,000 acres of preserved public parklands that will never be developed, along with endless opportunity for economic growth. As part of the Kansas City metroplex, the area delivers one of the most diverse workforces in the country. 

PROVEN ABILITY TO MEET INSTITUTIONAL DUE DILIGENCE 

SKILLED WORKFORCE WITH JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

UTILITY-SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION ON-SITE BEHIND THE METER

The central location makes it easy to do business throughout the U.S.: central time overlaps with both coasts, and more than 85% of the country is accessible by road or rail within two days. 

IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO RAIL, INTERSTATE, MODERN AIRPORT

ABUNDANT LAND WITHOUT NEIGHBOR CONSTRAINTS

LOCAL OWNERSHIP FOR FAST DECISIONS IN PRO-BUSINESS COMMUNITY

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In November 2022, Panasonic broke ground on a $4 billion advanced battery production facility.

This 309-acre project confirms both the strategic advantage of locating in America’s heartland, as well as the market’s belief in the owners’ ability to deliver a world-class enterprise park.

"Kansas has an impressive history of being home to a skilled manufacturing workforce. We appreciate Kansas' dedication to sustainability and its commitment to and growth in the clean and renewable energy space."

Kris Takamoto, Executive Vice President of Panasonic Energy

LOCAL OWNERSHIP.
LONG TERM VISION.
LED BY KESSINGER HUNTER. 

A full-service commercial real estate firm that has been in business since 1879, Kessinger Hunter leads an ownership group that includes RESIGHT Holdings, a leader in environmental remediation, as well as Midland Properties, a KC-based family equity firm.

Kessinger Hunter operates more than $2B of real estate assets nationwide, as well as numerous properties throughout the European Union, and has the expertise and experience needed to steward this unparalleled property. 

Working with local, state and federal agencies, the owners have pursued a development plan that makes highest and best use of the property. When complete, the enterprise park will be enveloped by thousands of acres of public parks, hundreds of acres dedicated to public service, as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing, industrial and energy production developments.

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Today’s industrial needs require more than just land – they require forward-thinking developers who can create a business ecosystem that serves the companies who locate there, the people who work there, and the communities nearby.

SCALE HAS ITS ADVANTAGES:

ASTRA IS 60% THE SIZE OF MANHATTAN.

The master plan includes more than you would expect from a modern business park.

 

Ideally suited to companies who need the ability to grow their campuses as their enterprise grows, Astra has ample affordable land, controlled by a single ownership group.

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ACCESS TO 
KC METRO.

ACCESS TO
NORTH AMERICA.

As the #1 least-congested major metro in the U.S., getting anywhere is a breeze.

Companies can reach 85% of the U.S. by road or rail in two days.

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INFRASTRUCTURE

Astra has brand new, state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to support large-scale enterprises as well as access to abundant water and sewer, natural gas, ample renewable energy sources, and terabit fiber.

ZONING

  • ​1500 acres available  for near-term development

  • Property is within a Tax Increment Financing District

  • Sales tax exemption for all building material/equipment purchases.

  • Potential to qualify for additional 10% ITC under the Inflation Reduction Act due to environmental status of property.

  • Northeast corner is the Logistics District and  is zoned light industrial

ROAD & RAIL

  • Adjacent to three improved interstate interchanges improved to industrial/truck standards, Astra makes ground transportation efficient and effective.

  • Potential for state-of-the-art transload facility operated in conjunction with the BNSF Railroad.

QUICK FACTS

9,035 ac

TOTAL ACRAGE

700 ac.

TRANSFERRED FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT

2,000 ac

BEING ADDED TO EXISTING 1000 ACRES OF PARKS NEARBY

309 ac

FOR PANASONIC

WATER

  • Significant water capacity for both potable and industrial uses. Potential for onsite industrial water treatment.

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ENERGY

  • ​​Potential of hundreds of acres for utility-scale solar production, and the potential for one of the largest installations in North America​

  • Potential to deliver over 500MW of solar produced electricity directly to users in Park.

  • 345KV line and expandable substation developed on site by Public Utility.

  • Immediate access to significant quantities of natural gas from adjacent Souther Star Interstate Pipeline.

QUALITY OF WORK LIFE

As a modern enterprise park, Astra will be good for business, and great for people. It will be a place where people love to come to work, whether it’s enjoying thousands of acres of parks, exercising on miles of nearby trails, or spending time after work at restaurants or cafes that will locate here.

PANASONIC SUPPLIERS

Companies who serve or supply Panasonic will be able to have unparalleled access to their facility. Divided into specialized zones, companies who locate at Astra will benefit from unparalleled access to vendors, suppliers and partners, as well as modern warehousing and logistics.

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Astra is in De Soto, Kansas.
De Soto is in Johnson County.

Johnson County is in KC.

The Kansas City metro includes more than seven counties and 100 cities.

 

Johnson County is an exceptional place to live and work, topping the charts among 2,767 counties in the US:

#3

BEST COUNTIES TO LIVE IN

#10

COUNTIES WITH THE BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS

#6

BEST COUNTIES FOR FAMILIES IN AMERICA

#17

BEST COUNTIES TO BUY A HOUSE IN AMERICA

People who live here can afford a high quality of life, whether they own or rent. And as the No. 1 least-congested major metro in the U.S., getting anywhere is a breeze. Astra is minutes from Overland Park, Lenexa and Olathe, and 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City, MO.

Fan Cheering

KC IS A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS.

AND AN EVEN BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

Within a 45-minute drive of Astra, there are more than 400,000 professionals across a range of skills including management, engineering, computer science, manufacturing, production, and fabrication. A complete report is available upon request. As a bi-state region, companies who locate in KC benefit from the unique powers of Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and their development arm, RideKC Development Corporation. KCATA can develop custom, bi-state employee-transit programs to ensure employers have access to employees across 7 counties and more than 100 cities in the region.

As the largest region across a six-state footprint, the Kansas City region is experiencing 5-Year population growth at 3.4% vs. 2.1% nationally. The population of 25-years and older has increased 5.6% in the past five years, the population of highly educated individuals has grown at a much faster rate, 24.3%.

 

Moreover, the educated foreign-born population in the Kansas City region has grown 34.9% in the past five years. From 2010 to 2020, the KC region had a net migration of 51,549, with a large concentration of inflow coming from California, Arizona and Texas.

 

Whatever the metric – national rankings, growth statistics, geographic proximity, cost of living – KC is a great place to do business. Our economic diversity means we have a robust marketplace that is insulated from market swings. 

Our midwest character means we work hard, we're true to our word, and value long term relationships.

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THE NEW KCI.
THE NEW WAY TO FLY.

In 2023, the Kansas City International Airport opened a brand new 1 million-sq.-ft., $1.5 billion single terminal, ushering in a whole new era of air service and world-class travel experience in whether coming to or leaving from KC.

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