Subtropolis: Going Underground in KC

Imagine: six million (and counting) square feet of warehouse space, with a mind-boggling potential for fourteen million. A location central to the US. And climate that never strays from 65-71 degrees Fahrenheit.

There’s only one catch: it’s 100 feet underground.

Welcome to Subtropolis, the commercial space under Kansas City, MO that started as limestone mines and has since developed into a logistics and storage solution for 53 businesses employing over 1,700.  Tenants include the US Postal Service, a film cold storage facility housing reels of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Wizard Of Oz”, as well as a University leasing out classrooms.  The complex got going in the 1950s when its first tenant – a NASA scientist seeking controlled conditions to test equipment – moved in.

Check out Subropolis’s site here.  And enjoy the coverage by Kansas City channel 41 News.

It sure gives a whole different meaning to the term “underground economy”.

 

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