City officials hold public meeting to discuss new plan for KCI - KCTV5

City officials hold public meeting to discuss new plan for KCI

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The current plan, proposed by Burns & McDonell, would cost $1 billion, but none of that money would come from taxpayers. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV) The current plan, proposed by Burns & McDonell, would cost $1 billion, but none of that money would come from taxpayers. (Nathan Vickers/KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

City officials asked the public for their opinion about the new look for Kansas City International Airport.

On Thursday, the city council held a public meeting to find out how Kansas City residents fell about the potential airport.

The meeting was full, and everyone who came out had a lot to say.

The overwhelming majority spoke in support of the proposal for a new terminal while others had questions about it. 

Burns & McDonnell reminded everyone that the $1 billion project wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime because they would privately finance it.

At the meeting, officials spoke about the amenities provided by the single terminal airport. Those include moving walkways, more restrooms, restaurants and seating. Officials also announced the new layout would have different levels for arrivals and departures, to ease traffic.

While the majority of people who attended the meeting said they would like to see the proposal move forward, others were simply not sold on the idea. 

“Separating arrivals and departing passengers on two levels is a curse, not a blessing,” said Charles Comat, who opposes the plan.

“We are here to support the new single KCI terminal and the reason is simple, Kansas City's future is at stake and must make the hard decisions today to ensure that our future is bright,” plan supporter Pat Contreras said. 

Thursday’s hearing is the second of two public hearings.

The council said they will hold two more hearings on June 5 and June 8. 

The council has until August 24 to decide whether or not this will go on the November ballot. 

Wednesday’s meeting started at 9:15 a.m. 

People who were unable to attend the meeting can leave questions or concerns at an online version of the meeting.

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