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Post by retired2 Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:54 pm

More than 1,000 people spend their workdays in an industrial park housed underground  in an excavated mine the size of 140 football fields.
As Bloomberg reports, the underground industrial park known as  SubTroplis opened for business in 1964 in an excavated mine near Kansas City, Mo. attracting tenants with the lure of lower energy costs and cheap rents...
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About 10 percent of Kansas City's commercial real estate is underground, says Ora Reynolds, the president of SubTropolis's landlord Hunt Midwest.
The company has made a cottage industry out of underground industrial space, thanks to rock formations near the Missouri River that allow trucks to drive into the old mines instead of tenants needing to use elevators to get things in and out.
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New Age Industrial :
Subtropolis boasts 17-foot-high ceilings supported by rough-hewn columns. The 270-million-year-old limestone deposits are six times stronger than concrete, according to Hunt Midwest's marketing materials.
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Subtropolis's cool climate helped attract cloud computing company LightEdge, which has become the anchor tenant in what Hunt Midwest hopes will develop into a major data center.
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The U.S. Postal Service uses Subtropolis as a distribution hub for postage stamps, and storing hundreds of millions of stamps in the facility.
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 The US Postal Service rents more than 500,000 square feet at SubTropolis.
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The National Archives and Records Association keeps old tax records and federal court documents at the facility.  Pick a fight with the Internal Revenue Service and the paper trail may lead to these shelves.
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Vanguard Packaging prints retail packaging and supermarket displays in its 500,000-square-foot space.  Vanguard calls itself the most sustainable packaging company in North America.
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Journey to the center of the earth—or at least, to EarthWorks, an educational program that educates students on the Midwest's natural habitats in a 32,000 square-foot space in SubTropolis.
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 It's a great place for storing old film. Some canisters in this archive hold the original film from 'Gone with the Wind'.
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They store coffee there as well.  "I have no idea how many pounds of coffee I have down here," says Joe Paris, vice president at Paris Brothers, a specialty foods company. "I have thousands of bags. Some of them are 60 or 70 kilos."
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SubTropolis is down the road from an assembly plant where Ford manufactures F150 pickups.  This has attracted companies such as Knapheide, shown here, which manufactures steel bodies that get rigged onto those Ford trucks.
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One tenant in SubTropolis's Automotive Alley is Ground Effects, which provides a variety of conversion services.
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How would you like to be a runner, winding through this underground city?  Road runners have been competing in 5-kilometer and 10k races inside SubTropolis's seven miles of roadways for the last 33 years.
This definitely qualifies under the old saying "you should learn something new every day."
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Post by retired2 Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:56 pm

WOW even the pics came in
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Post by observer Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:21 pm

Pretty amazing! Almost to the point where you wonder if you should check in on Scopes!!! LOL
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Post by retired2 Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:49 pm

I did check snoops but came up empty, so maybe or maybe not
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Post by retired2 Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:58 pm

Did a google search and found this

SubTropolis
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[th]SubTropolis[/th][th]Location[/th][th]Coordinates[/th]
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SubTropolis
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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The interior of SubTropolis
SubTropolis is a 55,000,000 square foot (5,060,000 m³), 1,100-acre (4.5 km2) manmade cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, that is claimed to be the world's largest underground storage facility.
Developed by late Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt via Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc., it has trademarked the phrase World's Largest Underground Business Complex.
Dug into the Bethany Falls limestone mine SubTropolis is at places 160 feet (49 m) beneath the surface. It has a grid of 16 ft (4.9 m) high, 40 ft (12 m) wide tunnels separated by 25 ft (7.6 m) square limestone pillars created by the room and pillar method of hard rock mining. The complex contains almost seven miles (11 km) of illuminated, paved roads and several miles of railroad track. Currently 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m³) is occupied and 10,000,000 square feet (920,000 m³) are "improved." About 3.2 acres (13,000 m2) of available space are added each year as active mining continues.
The mine naturally maintains temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 °C) year-round. The United States Postal Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency lease spaces within SubTropolis, the United States Postal Service for its collectible stamp operations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their Region-7 Training and Logistics Center.[1]
On the north edge of the complex Hunt developed the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement park complex. Hunt's extensive business dealings in Clay County contributed to the Chiefs having their NFL Training Camp at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri until 1991.
Other facilities like SubTropolis exist although not on the same scale, such as the abandoned mine in Butler, Pennsylvania used by Corbis and the US Federal Government for secure storage. As the room and pillar mining method is used to extract limestone throughout the Midwest, many companies are looking at ways to utilize the hundreds of millions of square feet created in this manner for everything from mushroom farming to crude oil stockpiling.
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Post by retired2 Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:05 pm

Amazing what we don't know about this little world we live in
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