HOW UNDERGROUND SPACE USE STARTED IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA

The recognition of the importance of subsurface openings, and their transformation through innovation in building systems and construction methods, into outstanding developments of two-tier space occupancy are described. The first underground storage facility for perishable goods was that developed in 1944 from a mine. Freezer space was developed for in-transit goods in 1946 and 1953. In 1959, a 44-acre site called "Downtown Industrial Park" was developed from a surface quarry. This development began on the surface over the first shaft-type mine in Kansas City. The shaft went down some 60 feet from the edge of a railroad to reach Bethany Falls. This site is now two facilities either built or under construction. The biggest problem encountered after overcoming the legal hurdles of splitting the fee and developing at two different levels of the same property, is that of the building codes. The importance of the connection between underground space development and civil defense is pointed out.

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  • Pagination: p. 25-28

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  • Accession Number: 00130627
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM