Opinions divided at hearing over new KCI renovation plan

Business owners, civic and union leaders, and some ordinary citizens praised Burns & McDonnell on Tuesday for its proposal to build and privately finance a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, but plenty of skeptics weren’t convinced this is the best airport modernization approach.

The debate over KCI’s future that has embroiled Kansas City for five years continued at a public hearing Tuesday. A joint City Council committee heard arguments for and against the idea that Burns & McDonnell, the Kansas City-based engineering firm, unveiled earlier this month.

The council will hold two more public hearings before it decides, possibly on June 15, whether to pursue the airport idea with Burns & McDonnell. The company would use the summer to refine its proposal, and Kansas City voters could be asked to approve any major airport changes with an election this November.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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