American Royal suspends plan for new events center

After a wave of negative publicity over its plan to raze Kemper Arena and build a new complex, the American Royal says it will suspend planning and fundraising for a new facility in Kansas City’s West Bottoms district.

In a letter to the chairman of the Kansas City Council’s planning, zoning and economic development committee, an attorney for the American Royal said the organization doesn’t believe the city needs to consider other options for Kemper Arena and said the American Royal will not respond to a request for proposals the city plans to submit.

The letter didn’t mention the American Royal considering a departure from the West Bottoms or Kansas City, which some have feared. It said the organization “will refocus our efforts on staging a successful 2015 season and ensuring our lease requirements have been met.”

Read more from the Kansas City Star

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