Stag's Creek success spurs Shawnee spec office construction

Construction is underway for Stag Commercial's new $7.5 million office project on the northwest corner of Goddard and Shawnee Mission Parkway. The three-story building will be the anchor of the $15.5 million Stag's Creek mixed-use project and is the culmination of a 5-year neighborhood revitalization effort. 

“With an innovative design of steel and glass, Stag’s Creek is filling a strong need for Class A office space in northern Johnson County.” said Kevin Tubbesing, principal with Evergreen Real Estate Services, which is developing the site.

The purely speculative, 35,000-square foot office building will be Shawnee’s first to include enclosed, heated parking and provides the only class A office space along the I-35 corridor between Lenexa and Downtown Kansas City.

Slated for a fourth quarter delivery, the building rounds out a broader redevelopment that involved demolition of a pawn shop, Texas Tom’s restaurant and used-car lot to make way for a new Raising Cane’s restaurant, now under construction, as well as an Andy’s Frozen Custard shop.

“We are turning a distressed commercial area into a new gateway for the City of Shawnee. It’s something the city has been talking about for 30 years," Tubbesing said.

The site presented significant design challenges including flood control requiring realignment of a Turkey Creek tributary. 

“This has been an extremely difficult infill project. I don’t know many projects where you had to relocate a creek,” Tubbesing said. “We were able to create a true public/private partnership with the City of Shawnee to obtain funds for flood control through the county and the City of Shawnee's Economic Development Fund to move the creek and enlarge the developable area.”

Tubbesing said it’s been rewarding to turn the project’s challenges into unique opportunities; typically anchor tenant commitments help finance projects, with pad sites filled later. For Stag’s Creek, the process worked in reverse.

“Because we had interest in these one-story retail pad sites, we were able to take advantage of those demands in the marketplace and sell those pad sites early. That really helped our ability to finance the project,” Tubbesing said. “And I like infill because it creates a change in landscape from what everyone has experienced for years into something new for the community.”

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The Stag's Creek mixed-use project is the culmination of a 5-year neighborhood revitalization effort that involved realigning a Turkey Creek tributary.

The Stag's Creek mixed-use project is the culmination of a 5-year neighborhood revitalization effort that involved realigning a Turkey Creek tributary.