As a result of the Kansas City Council seizing the cockpit in the Kansas City International Airport modernization effort, companies wanting to submit proposals for delivery of a new $1 billion terminal will have more time to do so and, perhaps, another financing option.
Final language to be approved Tuesday by the City Council is expected to extend the proposal deadline contained in a May 30 request for qualifications and proposals (RFQ/P) from June 20 to Aug. 1, sources said.
In addition, the RFQ/P no longer may limit the competition to bidders that would design, build and privately finance the terminal. Councilwoman Katheryn Shields on Thursday introduced an ordinance that also would authorize design-build construction of a new terminal, meaning that the modernization project could be financed with Airport Revenue Bonds.
The changes were discussed Thursday during a City Council work session that set the stage for passage of a resolution during the body’s legislative session later in the day. The resolution directs City Manager Troy Schulte to “substantially comply” with the advice of outside counsel in altering the airport RFP/Q for what will be a second time. The measure passed 12-1, with Councilman Scott Taylor casting the only no vote.
“We’re flying without direction,” Councilman Quinton Lucas said during Thursday’s work session, adding that Schulte had taken several significant steps toward approval of a new terminal plan without authorization from the City Council.