By Mike Genet - The Examiner
Cargo Largo wants to consolidate its operations and build a 463,000-square foot facility just north of the current store on 35th Street in Independence.
If approved, the facility on currently vacant land west of Noland Road would have a new store, corporate headquarters and warehousing to accommodate Cargo Largo’s growth in e-commerce, and it could add more than 200 full-time jobs. All told, the project is budgeted at about $40.5 million, according to city documents.
A first reading for the preliminary development plan is scheduled for tonight’s City Council meeting. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the preliminary plan last month.
Cargo Largo had hoped to build the facility on the same land starting in 2008, and the Union Pacific Railroad put in rail crossing lights just off Noland Road directly across from Truman High School, but the building plans got shelved due to recession.
If approved, several details would still need to be ironed out before construction, such as possible economic incentives and extending Weatherford Road and Lynn Court between 31st and 35th streets. The railroad crossing would be part of a new 33rd Street. According to city documents, tractor-trailer traffic would access the site from 35th Street, not the new 33rd Street.