BCB Development broke ground on what it says is the first cold-storage industrial speculative building in the Kansas City market. The 167,575 ft2 facility will be located in the Heartland Meadows Industrial Park in Liberty, Mo., according to KC SmartPort.

The facility will include a fully insulated building, enhanced roof loads and specialized floor slabs to maintain refrigeration and freezer temperatures required for cold storage. BCB Development expects the building’s delivery in the first quarter of 2022.

The Kansas City region’s $125.4 billion food and beverage industry continues to see growth with more than 670 companies located in the area.