Port KC purchases former AK Steel site for future development

August 14, 2018

Port KC purchases former AK Steel site for future development

KANSAS CITY, Missouri –The Port KC Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of 415-acres from AK Steel Corporation.

The 415-acre site is located along the Missouri River east of I-435 in Jackson and Clay Counties. AK Steel Corporation previously used the site as a landfill for its steel manufacturing and finished product transportation and distribution hub. The land will require some environmental remediation. Port KC is well versed with environmental cleanup and mitigation having already successfully taken on similar projects at Berkley Riverfront and Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park. Port KC plans to eventually develop the site for intermodal, light manufacturing and freight distribution. With close proximity to the Missouri River on the North, I-435 to the west, and rail access from the Kansas City Terminal Railroad to the south, this land parcel has the potential to be a major multimodal freight transfer facility.


Kansas City is one of the fastest growing regions for the freight market. The AK Steel site is a prime location to further that growth through advanced manufacturing, warehousing, freight manipulation and distribution.


Development of the land will be a long term project as Port KC works to conclude any necessary environmental remediation, begin stakeholder and community engagement, and create a master plan for the site.