Kansas City Council delivers Edgemoor wish list for KCI agreement

Kansas City Council members, who rejected a proposed agreement with airport terminal developer Edgemoor last month, met Thursday to itemize changes they said would make the pact acceptable.

The agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, is an initial document designed to lay legal and regulatory groundwork for beginning construction of the billion-dollar terminal approved by voters in November.

Some of the amendments address objections raised by members on Dec. 14, when the MOU was defeated on a 9-to-4 vote. There were renewed calls for a richer package of community benefits and more protection for the city against a provision that could entitle Edgemoor and its consortium of builders up to $30 million if the deal collapsed under certain circumstances. Other proposed changes ranged from substantive to technical.

Edgemoor managing director Geoffrey Stricker said it was helpful to have a complete accounting of the council’s requests.

James and the council anticipate taking another vote on the MOU at the end of the month, but there is no guarantee they will keep to that schedule. Plans still call for construction to be complete by November 2021, but Charles Renner, the council’s attorney on airport matters, said delays could result if deliberations on the MOU continue into late February.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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