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City council meets to discuss what's next for new KCI, makes no decisions

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On Thursday, the Kansas City City Council met to talk about what comes next in the plan to build a brand new KCI airport, but no decisions were made.

If they don’t change that soon, construction of the new airport could be delayed even more.

The council got an update from its legal council about talks with Edgemoor, then they compiled a list of final concerns.

On the list, councilmembers questioned Edgemoor’s ability to meet a goal of 35 percent MBE/WBE participation (which means Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises).

“That’s what we’re striving for," Geoffrey Stricker said. "We recognize that those are two interests and very important stakeholders, and so we are striving to make sure that we can meet both things."

The design firm currently proposes debt-only financing that provides $90 million in savings to the city and a Community Benefit Agreement valued at $24.2 million.

Since the council rejected their Memo of Understanding last month, Edgemoor has provided additional information.

It's providing more clarity to some items that didn’t have financial estimates and added new items to the Community Benefits Agreement, like an internship program for high school and college students, and both an apprentice and mentoring program.

Edgemoor’s managing director said everything he heard today was consistent with what they’ve heard in the past and thinks they can meet the council's concerns.

“We have two different parties, but we have 15 different people that are part of one of the parties,” said Jolie Justus. “We don’t have to get to agreement on all 13 of us, but seven of us have to agree on that, and I think we got closer today by saying publicly what it was that we were interested in doing.”

The project could be delayed if there is no Memo of Understanding in place by the end of the month. 

The city’s legal team and Edgemoor will meet on Friday morning to begin negotiations on concerns brought up today.

Previous coverage:

City council, Edgemoor to debate use of businesses owned by women and minorities for single-terminal KCI

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