Renner 89 Mixed-Use Project in Lenexa City Center

Kansas City Business Journal
Austin Alonzo, Reporter

October 15, 2013

The first retail project in Lenexa's City Center development is underway.

Renner 89, a 20,000-square-foot, two-story mixed-use building at 89th Street and Renner Boulevard, will house retail and restaurant space on the ground floor and a conference center and meeting rooms for Shawnee-based Perceptive Software LLC on the second floor.

The structure is being built by Omaha-based construction firm Darland Construction Co., which opened an office in Lenexa last year. According to Reuben Perin, director of business development for Darland's Lenexa office, construction of the building's concrete foundation is already complete and vertical construction will start soon.

Perin said the building is slated for completion next spring, in conjunction with the new 240,000-square-foot Perceptive Software headquarters, which will anchor the new commercial and residential development in Lenexa.

That job, which is being carried out by Kansas City general contractor JE Dunn Construction, is slated for completion in spring 2014 as well.

Darland, which has been working in the Kansas City area for about a decade on mostly commercial projects, was selected as the general contractor by Kansas City real estate and development firm Copaken Brooks, the master developer for the City Center project. Overland Park architecture firm Klover Architects Inc. is handling design services for Renner 89 as well as the Perceptive headquarters.

Perin said Darland beat out Kansas City general contracting firms JE Dunn and McCownGordon Construction LLC for the work but isn't getting overly confident about its place in the market.

"Our (market share) percentage is pretty small ... but I think we're pretty comfortable," Perin said.

The Lenexa City Center development has gained momentum lately as the city of Lenexa has committed to build a 200,000-square-foot community center and Kansas City luxury apartment developers ePartment Communities LLC announced plans to build The Domain, a 203-unit apartment project.