City council chooses Edgemoor for proposed KCI project, looks ahead to Nov. 7 public vote

September 22, 2017 - 5:17 am

After a long and often confusing process the Kansas City council Thursday approved Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC as the developer for a proposed new single terminal at KCI.

The contract is worth roughly $1 billion.

.@edgemoordevel approved for @KCIAirport terminal project. Next steps: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding between KCMO and Edgemoor.

— Kansas City, MO (@KCMO) September 21, 2017

The next step is for city manager Troy Schulte to begin negotiations on the design, building and financing of the project. 

Voters will have the final say, which is what drove council member Teresa Loar's participation in the process.

"I was not a big proponent and still am not," Loar said. "However I have taken a stand, on November 7th we will let the voters decide if they want to tear down their airport and build a new facility."

Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell made a strong pitch for the project, including taking to the radio airwaves to advertise itself, and raised opposition when Edgemoor received the recommendation from the airport selection committee. 

Burns & McDonnell senior vice president Ron Coker said he disagrees with the council's decision, but he believes the city needs to move ahead with its plans for a modern terminal.

"We've supported Kansas City for 119 years," Coker said. "We're certainly not going to sue the city. We respect the decision -- we're disappointed by the decision -- but we know the city needs a new airport."

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