Amazon breaks ground on new KCK facility

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Amazon will break ground on a new facility in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday morning, and the company says the warehouse will bring another thousand jobs to the metro.

The new facility will be built at Riverview and Turner Diagonal. The new facility is in addition to another new facility in Edgerton, Kan., and the existing facility in Lenexa.

Amazon says the Kansas City, Kan., facility will be the second largest warehouse it has announced. It will also become one of largest employers in KCK, along with KU Hospital and Cerner.

Besides bringing new jobs, it will also have classrooms on site and allow workers to earn their associate degree while working there.

KCK mayor Mark Holland hopes this 800,000 square foot facility will spur growth in the area and make  Turner Diagonal more accessible.

"Whenever you add the fourth largest employer to the community, overnight it's going to be big in terms of their path to success that they provide it's really big," Mayor Holland said. "And if you were going to address the court issues of difficulty in the community. You have to start with jobs, you have to start with employment that's healthy for communities and path towards moving our community forward."

The new location will be at the geographic center of KCK, which means 75-percent of the population in KCK will be within a six-mile radius of these jobs.

The new facility will also be located near a main bus route so future workers can ride the bus if needed.

State and local leaders are expected to be in attendance for the groundbreaking, including Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and KCK Mayor Mark Holland.

The facility is expected to open in late 2017, just in time for the holiday season.