After a protracted procurement process that city leaders acknowledged was sloppy, Kansas City Council members on Thursday coalesced around Maryland-based Edgemoor as the developer of choice for a proposed single-terminal project at Kansas City International Airport.
The 10-2 council vote cements a selection committee’s recommendation made two weeks ago. Now the council will have to negotiate with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate over specifics of the $1 billion project.
It also gives the public a firm idea of who would do the work on the city’s behalf when they head to the polls on Nov. 7 to make the decision about whether Kansas City does really need a new airport terminal.
Barring a failure to reach a deal with Edgemoor or some type of action from losing bidders, Thursday’s vote puts an end to a procurement process for KCI that was mired in allegations of conflicts of interest, impropriety and unnecessary secrecy.
Representatives of the Edgemoor team pledged Sept. 8 that they would provide major opportunities for local design and construction firms and workers, as well as minority and women-owned companies, to help build a the new single terminal.