KC Council won’t drop airport developer Edgemoor despite competing partnership

The Kansas City Council, which last Thursday came close to dropping Edgemoor as its developer of a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport, signaled Monday it was not ready to jump on board with a new partnership between AECOM and Burns & McDonnell.

“Any talk at this time about moving on from the (memorandum of understanding) with Edgemoor is premature,” Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed said in an email. “There’s no need for anyone —whether it be Burns & McDonnell or AECOM — to mount a public campaign for the project until our negotiations with Edgemoor are completely resolved.”

Scott Wagner, mayor pro tem, who has criticized the city’s proposed deal with Edgemoor, said there were still talks to be had.

On Monday morning, it was reported that AECOM had worked out a deal with Burns & McDonnell to become part of KCI Partnership, the runner-up firm to Edgemoor in last summer’s procurement competition for the $1 billion KCI project.

Monday’s announcement came days after a super-majority of the Kansas City Council voted to reject a proposed memorandum of understanding with Edgemoor.

The council is expected to debate a separate resolution this week that calls for the end of talks with Edgemoor and to move on with negotiations with KCI Partnership.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal


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