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Bluhawk Sports Park Groundbreaking
Overland Park, KS. Kansas City’s century-old, family-owned Price Brothers is proud to announce the greatly anticipated groundbreaking of the multi-sport complex within the overall $750 million, 277 acres mixed-use Bluhawk development. Funded both privately and through the use of STAR bonds, this 420,000-square-foot project will be built in two phases in the development, anchored by a neighborhood shopping center with an existing grocery store, restaurants and retail, with plenty more on the horizon. This multi-sport complex alone will drive a projected 3.8 million dollars in economic impact through new market sports and spending revenue to Overland Park in its first year of operation.
The Bluhawk sports facility will be Kansas City’s premier indoor multi-sport complex and regional sports hub. The first phase of the multi-sport complex, underway, will include four basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, and an indoor turf field for soccer, futsal, baseball, football, rugby, and lacrosse. The indoor baseball training areas will include eight batting cages, eight pitching lanes, and an infield training area.
President of the Price Brothers, Mr. Kent Price, said, “The Bluhawk development is on the leading edge of youth and amateur competitive and recreational sports in Kansas City and across the country. Not only will we create meaningful economic impact through sports tournaments and large events, we will offer programs to enhance the health, wellness, and recreation opportunities of local athletes, children, and families.”
A true sports destination, the Bluhawk multi-sport complex will offer individual and team training for novice to professional athletes, as well as a variety of programs for participants of all ages: fitness classes, wellness activities, sports medicine, massage, functional training, nutrition, and physical therapy. The venue will provide two on-site food and beverage offerings, family entertainment amenities, and e-sports. Bluhawk will also be home to youth and adult amateur hockey leagues, offering one of the area’s only regulation-size ice sheets. Shooting lanes, a passing area, and skate rentals will be offered on-site. In addition to servicing the growing number of youth hockey players in the area, the ice sheet will also be open for public skating opportunities including programs like skating camps and lessons, stick and puck instruction, and open skate times.
With a 3,500-seat court component, the 250,000-square-foot first phase will be able to host student and family-oriented events such as graduations, state athletic competitions, and expos. This venue will connect our community by serving schools, colleges, sporting associations, and businesses. “Our headquarters is in Overland Park. We commit to building, owning, and operating our properties. Hence, we stay engaged with and accountable to the residents, workers, and community members who live, work or enjoy their leisure time within them,” said Price.
Groundbreaking of the first phase of the Bluhawk multi-sport complex is scheduled for December 7, 2022 at 10 am CST. This event is located right outside the Bluhawk Shopping Center where the sports facility is being built. Everyone is invited!
At the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bluhawk sports complex southwest of 159th Street at U.S. Highway 69. President of PriceBrothers, Mr. Kent Price, announced the naming partner for the facility. The ceremony was at capacity, with the mayor of Overland Park attending, the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Senator Kellie Warren, Representative Sean Tarwater, several world-class athletes, and dozens of business leaders from the community.
Mr. Price said, “When looking to name this facility, we wanted to find a quality partner with a long history and strong reputation in our community. We also wanted a partner that understands the importance of physical activity and helping people feel whole. We wanted a name everyone would recognize. We didn’t have to look too far. I’m pleased to announce Johnson County’s leading health system, AdventHealth, has secured the naming rights for this outstanding facility. And it will be known as AdventHealth Sports Park at Bluhawk.” That declaration was followed by a boisterous round of applause from the packed event.
AdventHealth South Overland Park has been open for over a year and offers a myriad of services, including emergency care, labor and delivery, heart care, medical-surgical services, orthopedic care, physical therapy, and more. Chief Nursing Officer, Monica Natzke, stated “working with PriceBrothers on this project allows us to extend our reach beyond our hospital walls in promoting our philosophy of helping our communities feel whole.” With a sacred mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health. A focus on whole-person health and commitment to caring for the body, mind, and spirit unify the system's nearly 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states. AdventHealth in Kansas City includes AdventHealth Shawnee Mission; AdventHealth Lenexa; AdventHealth South Overland Park, AdventHealth Centra Care, and AdventHealth Medical Group. Visit AdventHealthKC.com for more information.
AdventHealth Sports Park at Bluhawk will be Kansas City’s premier indoor multi-sport complex and regional sports hub. The first phase of the multi-sport complex is underway. It will include four basketball courts, eight volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, and an indoor turf field for soccer, futsal, baseball, football, rugby, and lacrosse. The indoor baseball training areas will include eight batting cages, eight pitching lanes, and an infield training area.
With AdventHealth's mission to serve the body, mind, and spirit of individuals, what an extraordinary partnership with Bluhawk will be to do just that. As Overland Park, KS-born, world-renowned soccer player Matt Besler stated at the Bluhawk groundbreaking, “We are craving human interaction and connection. And sports are one of the most powerful ways to experience these. Bluhawk Sports Park will provide endless opportunities for kids to develop successful character trains that will last their entire life.” This partnership will impact hundreds of thousands of people in the Kansas City metro and beyond.
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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