After six years of wrangling over whether to build a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Wednesday sounded ready to get to work on the $1 billion project that voters overwhelmingly approved the day before.
But Terminal A, the mothballed building that will become the site of the new terminal building, won’t meet the wrecking ball for a while yet.
City Manager Troy Schulte said the plan right now is to break ground in the fall of 2018 and have a new terminal up and running by late 2021. He called the schedule “aggressive but doable.”
The first job facing City Hall is reaching an agreement with terminal developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate. Edgemoor was selected in September to design and build the terminal. Some matters are still under negotiation, James said, and the Thanksgiving holiday season makes a proposed agreement likely to come to the Kansas City Council after Nov. 30.
Assuming an agreement is ratified by the end of 2017, there’s also a period of regulatory and due diligence required in preparation for construction.
Schulte said the city is looking at six to nine months for completion of various federal environmental and Federal Aviation Administration reviews.
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