Council’s choice in KCI search: Edgemoor or start over again

Kansas City officials have warned the City Council it has a simple choice with next week’s KCI terminal vote: Follow the recommendation of the committee formed to choose a contractor, or start over again.

Despite the controversy triggered by last week’s surprise selection of Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate of Bethesda, Maryland, the council does not have the option of voting for the committee’s second choice, AECOM of Los Angeles, City Manager Troy Schulte said.

He said attorneys have advised members that city procurement law requires Edgemoor get a “fair and equal” opportunity to negotiate a development agreement with the city.

Circumventing the established selection process would almost certainly lead to a lawsuit from Edgemoor, Schulte said.

Re-starting the process would push selection of an airport developer far beyond the Nov. 7 election — assuming voters approve the proposal. Bidders would have 90 days to answer a new request for proposals, Schulte said. That means voters would likely be asked to greenlight the $1 billion project without seeing even an artist’s rendering.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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