After hitting breaks on deal with airport developer, KC Council votes to resume talks

One week ago, the Kansas City Council threw the airport’s new terminal project into doubt when it voted against a proposed agreement with its chosen airport developer.

But on Thursday, the council stepped back from the brink of apparent disaster and voted 12-1 to resume negotiations with the development team led by Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate.

“I believe we should be able to move forward in a very efficient way,” Mayor Sly James said, noting that the new framework provides specific dates in January when the Council can weigh in collaboratively rather than just relying on lawyers working behind the scenes.

Thursday’s vote gives more time to the city’s legal team and Edgemoor to negotiate a path forward for the $1 billion terminal project. It sets out a process for the council to have collective input, and a time line for frequent status reports in January, with a goal of possibly completing the memorandum of understanding by Jan. 30.

Thursday’s vote also sets aside a proposal from City Councilman Lee Barnes that would have terminated negotiations with Edgemoor and directed the city manager to instead negotiate a contract with AECOM and the KCI Partnership, the runner-up team behind Edgemoor in the original procurement process.

Read more: Kansas City Star, KCUR

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