Cerner Launches Development Of New Office Complex

Redevelopment of Kansas City's Bannister Mall, which closed its doors in 2007, hinges on tax credits that are under scrutiny.
Cerner said its new campus on the site of the former Bannister Mall should be able to accommodate 1,500 employees by 2016. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

After officially launching its $4.3 billion Three Trails office campus, Cerner Corp. said the first 1,500 of what are expected to be up to 15,000 new employees should be working there by 2016.

At a news conference attended by Gov. Jay Nixon and Mayor Sly James, Cerner President Zane Burke described the new 4.1 million-square-foot campus, which will be built in phases over 10 years, as the largest in Missouri. It will be on the site of the former Bannister Mall in south Kansas City.

“This might be one of the most exciting days in terms of economic development during my time in office,” James said.

The Three Trails development is expected to provide jobs for 2,800 construction workers with an estimated payroll of $204 million. The financing will cost $2 billion. The $4.3 billion redevelopment plan includes a $1.63 billion tax incentive package approved by the city in October.

Burke said no architect or contractor had been selected yet for the project. The health care technology giant, headquartered in North Kansas City, now has a global workforce of 13,000.

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