Edgemoor’s KCI pact sits on the brink in council vote Thursday

As the Kansas City Council prepares for a crucial vote Thursday on a $1 billion overhaul of Kansas City International Airport, there’s no clear majority for continuing on with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate.

Some council members described a situation so fluid that they speculated final decisions by undecided members may coalesce as the roll of votes is being called and they see how the vote is going.

A deal with Edgemoor has been shaky ever since a supermajority of council members in December rejected the first version of a memorandum of understanding, just a month after voters overwhelmingly approved the idea of a new terminal at KCI.

At the time, council members questioned Edgemoor’s commitment to minority and labor hiring, among other concerns.

Edgemoor has said it has worked to button up those concerns, but questions have persisted this week about whether it was enough to win over the council.

If Edgemoor goes overboard, some council members think the city could immediately take up negotiations with runner-up bidder AECOM, which has teamed up with local engineering firm Burns & McDonnell.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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