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Bluhawk taps largest sports facilities advisory and management network to manage multi-sports complex
Sports Facilities Advisory and Management specializes in sports tourism development and operations
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 23, 2020 – The developer of Bluhawk today announced it has reached an agreement with Sports Facilities Management (SFM), the preeminent leader in the industry, to optimize, program and manage Bluhawk’s multi-sports complex in Overland Park.
SFM’s mission is to improve the health and economic vitality of the communities it serves and sees a tremendous opportunity at Bluhawk. In addition to bringing its operational expertise, SFM will bring its programming power as the operator of the largest network of sports tourism, league and local sports venues in the United States, serving 2,000 communities.
Sports Facilities Management will provide full-time management for the Bluhawk multi-sports complex and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the venue, including staffing, program development/management, event booking/management and sponsorship sales.
The Bluhawk multi-sports complex will become a member of the SFM Network. The power of the SFM Network lies with its experienced team, as well as its size and position in the industry. The SFM Network’s managed venues work together and build relationships with many of the nation’s top events rights’ holders. As part of the network, the SFM team will provide Bluhawk with innovative ways to generate revenue through compelling event offerings that forge relationships with the community and the region.
“Becoming a member of the SFM Network – the largest sports event network in the country – not only brings on board an experienced management partner, but allows us to procure exciting opportunities with sporting events and partners we never would have had otherwise,” said Kent Price, president of Price Brothers. “We’re thrilled to bring the Overland Park and Johnson County communities the benefit of SFM Network’s management expertise and deliver on our vision of offering health, fitness, wellness and sports entertainment to the Kansas City region. Price Brothers believes that Bluhawk’s ability to host national, regional and local sports events is greatly enhanced by its affiliation with SFM.”
There were several reasons why SFM chose to work with Bluhawk. The community at large, especially, had a significant impact on the decision.
Jason Clement, CEO and Co-founder of Sports Facilities Companies who started his professional career in Kansas City remarked, “Kansas City is a special place. We are thrilled to partner on the Bluhawk Development to bring a world-class sport and entertainment experience to Overland Park. We are looking forward to serving hundreds of thousands of guests annually comprised of local families and ‘sports tourists’ from around the country.”
“Collaborating with our SFM Network communities is key to building a successful sporting and entertainment destination,” said Dev Pathik, co-founder of the Sports Facilities Companies. “Our on-site general manager and staff will keep members of the community top of mind when pursuing sports and entertainment events. Having the Bluhawk multi-sport complex affiliated with the SFM Network will create jobs and bolster the economic growth for the region.”
Sports recreation and entertainment is very much a destination in any community. In 2019, SFM-affiliated venues hosted more than 25 million visitors and generate $200+ million dollars in economic impact annually. According to Evergreen Research, the youth sports marketplace is a $25B industry and growing. As COVID-19 impacts the youth sports landscape in thousands of communities across the U.S., SFM still sees the same consumer demand for youth sports. Priorities have simply shifted to safety and vigilance to keep community and staff members healthy and help combat the virus for the foreseeable future.
Price Brothers intends to break ground on the multi-sport complex next summer with tentative plans for completion in time for the fall 2022 indoor season.
The Bluhawk development, a “mixed-use” destination, focuses on leisure, wellness and community. Recent announcements include the planned expansion of AdventHealth South Overland Park into a full-service hospital in 2021. On the retail front, T.J. Maxx, the nation’s largest value retailer, plans to open its doors next Spring 2021. In addition, AT&T; Cactus Grill; Panera Bread and Gyu-Kaku opened recently at Bluhawk and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is aiming to open before year end.
About The Sports Facilities Advisory | The Sports Facilities Management
Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are both headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $15 Billion in planned and funded facilities and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, wellness and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: sportadvisory.com and sfmnetwork.com.
About Price Brothers
Since 1922, Price Brothers has helped improve how people live and work. With residential and retail properties, planned communities, apartments and homes, Price Brothers builds, develops, and manages livable spaces with careful attention to quality, design and people. The company has nearly 100 years of successfully bringing large scale projects to life. Price Brothers is built from Isaac Price’s original commitment to family, quality, integrity and diligence.
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Kansas City living is about to change. The boom of mixed-use communities in the real estate industry over the last few years is bound to impact the future of apartments in Overland Park. While many have heard of these new developments, they may not know all the benefits that come with living in these modern neighborhoods. Mixed-use areas provide plenty of great advantages to both renters and businesses alike.
What are Mixed-Use Communities?
Mixed-use communities are a budding type of development that combines the best of urban and suburban life. Rather than a detached home outside of the city, or an apartment complex downtown, mixed-use communities contain residential areas like single-family homes, apartments, grocery stores, gyms, hospitals and other amenities in a single neighborhood.
These communities are a growing response to the desire for community and entertainment when it comes to real estate. Millennials, in particular, are a driving force behind this shift. Young buyers want to move into a neighborhood with a welcoming community, convenient stores, restaurants and entertainment. Mixed-use developments like Bluhawk are here to make that happen.
How Mixed-Use Communities Will Change Apartments
The apartment industry hasn’t seen a shift this big in generations. With the exception of better housing codes and more amenities, renters have been working with the same market for decades. But now, mixed-use developments are changing things, like with apartments in Overland Park.
Rather than looking at square feet, whether there’s a pool, or neighborhood safety, the next generation of renters can, and should, ask for so much more. Access to healthy eating, the quality of local restaurants and more enhanced community features will overtake traditional factors when seeking a new place to live.
The Benefits of Mixed-Use Communities for Kansas City Living
There are tons of advantages of mixed-use living for Overland Park residents. When you pack in entertainment, culture and health into a single community, your entire lifestyle can change. Instead of just living, mixed-use developments provide the ability for residents of those communities to truly thrive.
One of the biggest benefits is car-free living. Many Americans rely on their car to get groceries, go to the gym and do other errands. But with a mixed-use development like Bluhawk, you can find everything you need within walking distance.
For example, Bluhawk residents can walk or bike to a doctor at AdventHealth, some of the top restaurants in Overland Park, and the Bluhawk Marketplace, filled with stores such as Three Dog Bakery and Verizon Wireless and restaurants like Red Door Woodfired Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. After Phase 2 of development is complete, residents will have prime access to the Bluhawk Sports Park and Arena.
Mixed-use developments also provide a sense of community, something that many young people look for in apartments and when buying a house. The shared environment can create a sense of belonging for Overland Park residents.
Making Kansas City Living Better with Mixed-Use Communities
As Kansas City living accommodations evolve and adapt to change, mixed-use ideology will spread to conventional retail areas. However, true mixed-use developments like Bluhawk hold much more potential for cohesive lifestyles for residents of Overland Park. This shift in the market promises multiple benefits for renters, buyers and businesses alike. From car-free living to a thriving local marketplace, Bluhawk can create a happy, healthy community within Kansas City.
Andy’s Frozen Custard® Opens New Overland Park Store and Launches Hand-Spun Caramel Apples
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Springfield, MO – August 8, 2022 – Kansas City’s favorite frozen custard and treat shop, Andy’s Frozen Custard, will be a-peeling to even more KC treat lovers when it opens its latest store in Overland Park on August 10.
The much-anticipated BluHawk, a multi-faceted destination experience, will be home to the new store, located at 7781 W. 159th Street. It will be one of the first to open in the mixed-use development and will soon be joined by a sports park, community center and other attractions.
In celebration of the opening, Andy’s is also inviting customers to take a bite out of a new kind of treat…no spoon required. The treat shop will be adding delectable and crunchy caramel apples to the menu. Available for a limited time, the caramel apples will be served at all Andy’s™ Kansas City locations. They’re the perfect pairing to the popular Fall Menu debuting this September.
Expanding in Kansas City has special meaning to the Kuntz family. “Kansas City is my second home, and very near and dear to our family for many reasons, not the least of which is that I was born here,” said Andy Kuntz, owner, and CEO of Andy’s Frozen Custard. “BluHawk promises to be an exciting new community and has shown us the same support we have received in all Kansas City-area locations. We love growing with the city, and we will continue to invest here, as we take great pride in putting ‘grins above chins’ by serving the most delicious frozen custard and treats.”
Andy’s Caramel Apples pair delightfully crisp and tart Granny Smith Apples with melt-in-your-mouth, hand-crafted crème caramel and a selection of toppings. Bursting with flavor, the caramel apples are hand dipped and spun in either Reese’s Pieces or Andy’s famous roasted pecans. For a treat that’s awesome to the core, a double caramel dip is also available.
Whether customers are looking for a way to cool down after museum and art gallery hopping, a sweet ending to the perfect grass-fed steak dinner, or celebrating a Royals, Mavericks or Chiefs win, Andy’s menu offers a treat for every occasion. Customer favorite, the James Brownie Funky Jackhammer™, made with Andy’s vanilla frozen custard, peanut butter and baked in-store brownies, and then “drilled and filled” with hot fudge, is a popular post-BBQ dessert. Or try the Choc-O-Rocko Concrete, which blends chocolate frozen custard, roasted almonds, and marshmallow crème, and hits all the right notes while enjoying the sounds of smooth, local jazz.
Known as the World’s Finest Frozen Custard, Andy’s has deep roots in Missouri, with its first store having opened in Osage Beach, and current headquarters in Springfield. Since then, the brand has carefully and deliberately grown into a family of 100+ locations, each becoming a hometown tradition boasting the freshest ingredients for an unmatched flavor experience.
The Bluhawk location is unique as it is not a free-standing building, but still incorporates a small patio, lots of parking, and of course, Andy’s friendly and speedy drive thru. Andy’s is famous for its Made Fresh Hourly™ frozen custard, Baked Fresh Daily toppings, hand-rolled waffle cones, Concretes, Jackhammers™, sundaes, floats, and malts. Also available is Andy’s Anywhere™, hand-packed, hard-frozen pints, quarts, Quart Combos™ and specialty items available for those who want Andy’s Anytime at home, at work and at special events.
Andy’s Frozen Custard is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The friendly and welcoming staff – putting a grin above your chin with every order – are always focused on quickly serving the highest quality treats money can buy.
Customers can download the Andy’s Frozen Custard app to join the Yum Squad loyalty club, recently named one of America’s Best Loyalty Programs 2022 by Newsweek magazine. In addition to receiving a free Concrete after the first visit, Yum Squad members can stay up-to-date on the latest from Andy’s, including news about seasonal menu offerings loaded with fresh fruit and baked goods, on Instagram (@andys.kc) and Facebook (@AndysOverlandParkKSWest159thStreet/) or via Andy’s website.
About Andy’s Frozen Custard
Founded in 1986 in Osage Beach, Missouri by Andy’s parents John and Carol Kuntz, Andy’s Frozen Custard has been providing the freshest frozen custard in the business for 35 years, giving ice cream the “cold shoulder” by scooping, mixing, and presenting handcrafted frozen custard treats with speed and a smile. Since the beginning, the family has had one dream: to share what makes them happiest with everyone else, and to warm hearts, one scoop of frozen custard at a time. With a focus on product quality, customer service and community involvement, Andy’s has grown into the nation’s largest frozen custard-only business, with more than 2,000 employees and 109 company-owned and franchised stores across fourteen states proudly serving the World’s Finest Frozen Custard. Andy’s also offers the ‘Yum Squad Loyalty Club,’ designed to say “thank you” to loyal customers by earning points to redeem towards a free treat for every dollar spent. For more information or for details about franchising opportunities, visit www.eatandys.com.
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Upgrading office space is often a top priority once businesses have expanded and are comfortable further investing in their company. Businesses located in the Kansas City metro and surrounding areas like Overland Park, are no exception. Managers may not be sure what to look for in their next location, but for those businesses looking to make a change, a Class-A office space is the ideal choice. By understanding what Class-A office is and why your business would want to find it, you can get the most out of your high-quality space.
What is Class-A Office Space?
There are three categories that vary in level of quality when it comes to office space, labeled as Class-A, -B and -C. Class-C typically includes older buildings in undesirable areas, while Class-B includes buildings that are older, but still in good shape and are in nicer, more prominent locations. Class-A is the premium choice, typically located in brand new buildings, surrounded by vibrant communities. In some cases, an office can be considered Class-A after being renovated in a Class-B space; however, the key factors that support an office classification are the desirability of the location and the quality of the office space.
Why Choose Class A Office Space?
Businesses perform best when employees are motivated and happy. One of the most attractive benefits an employer can offer is a sleek and modern working space. Stand-out interior design and accessible restaurants and stores can make the office a place that employees look forward to spending time in, rather than just a place of work. This improves employee morale and productivity, which in turn, further drives the business toward continued growth.
Class-A Office Space in Overland Park
Overland Park is a thriving center for commerce, residences, and retail, but there is plenty of choice office space available. Developments like Bluhawk are not only building Class-A office spaces, but also innovating how businesses function within the area.
Mixed-use communities offer a suite of amenities that you can’t find in the standard commercial district. As a result of stores, restaurants, and recreational facilities located in the same area, the office space becomes much more desirable. Employees can easily find great food for lunch, hit the gym right after work and socialize off hours, all without having to head downtown. The mix of modern construction and enjoyable amenities makes this office space truly unique, and ultimately, highly desirable for businesses and employees.
Find the Right Office Space for Your Business
When you’re looking for a new space for your business, you must consider all the associated benefits. By choosing Class-A space, you can improve your bottom line by motivating, engaging and providing a better work environment for your employees. When you count the increase in productivity against potential premium rents, you’ll find that Class-A office space is a worthy investment.