Two recent business developments may be related, especially for Clay County.
Widely known is the consolidation of property owned by the former Cerner Corporation, now a part of Oracle and rebranded as Cerner Oracle.
The closing of the former Cerner Headquarters in North Kansas City is a significant change for Clay County and the Northland. That closing, combined with the shuttering of other area Cerner locations, will impact the entire region by pouring over four million square feet into the regional office market.
Less known is a smaller but potentially instructive project by NorthPoint Development: renovation of the former Cerner Oaks Campus as their new headquarters. That work, completed late this fall, involved the original Farmland Industries building at 3315 North Oak Trafficway. The over 250,000-square-foot building is located on just over 17 acres and was purchased by NorthPoint in 2021. Since then, it has undergone a major renovation that includes modern office facilities and amenities such as spa and game areas.
The connection – or lesson – may be that while Cerner’s demise and resulting office glut is definitely a setback, the long-term outlook likely is not. As EDC Executive Director David Slater recently noted, “It’s ultimately an opportunity and a big one,” he said. “The former (Cerner) headquarters is a beautiful office park that can be a starting point for bigger and better things. This is the start of the story, not the end.”