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Leasing Begins at Raymore Commerce Center

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565,000 SF Industrial Building Under Construction

Kansas City, Missouri – Colliers International will represent VanTrust Real Estate on the lease-up of the first speculative building in Raymore Commerce Center, an industrial logistics park located on 136 acres in the I-49 corridor in Raymore, Missouri. When complete, the project will include three buildings totaling nearly 2 million square feet of industrial space. Building 1, a 565,000-square-foot speculative building, recently broke ground and is expected for delivery Q3 2021. Colliers International is actively searching for a tenant to fill this space.

Ed Elder, President at Colliers International, said that this project will boost the economy for Raymore, “We are honored to work with a well-known and respected group like VanTrust. Regardless of who ultimately leases this space, they will no doubt bring jobs to the community and likely open up the corridor to even further development – an economic win all the way around.”

Grant Harrison, Director at VanTrust, said that the site’s flexibility is what attracted them to this Raymore location. “What drew us to Raymore was the access, workforce, a great land-owner partner and city that is pro-development,” Harrison said. “Raymore fits well with our company’s philosophy when it comes to modern projects like this.” 

Raymore Commerce Center offers 20-year fixed tax abatement, a superior labor pool in the Kansas City MSA, and exceptional access to the I-49 logistics center. For more information on this development, visit the project website at

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