Monday, February 05, 2018

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CLARK CONSTRUCTION GROUP COST OVERRUN TRACK RECORD QUESTIONED AS COUNCIL CONSIDERS NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT MOU!!!



Behind the scenes debate over the new airport continues and the latest talking point threatens to hurt the chances of Edgemoor & Clark Construction Group amid so many promises they've offered to elected officials.

First on TKC . . .

INSIDERS WARN COUNCIL OF CLARK CONSTRUCTION GROUP'S LEGACY OF RUNNING OVER-BUDGET LIKE THE LATEST DEBACLE BUILDING SEA-TAC!!!

Of course there will be debate on the circumstances but here is an inconvenient fact that troubles Council and the local biz community . . .

There's widespread biz community fear that Edgemoor's partner Clark Construction will ruin KC's airport plan with a similar incident like the "understated initial estimate" that cost an extra $30-million in addition to a 17% overall cost increase for the new Seattle airport.

Here's the word . . .

"The Council just wants due diligence on this airport. Mayor Sly James and the City Manager are much too desperate to have KC sign on the dotted line for hundreds of millions of dollars without looking at the specifics of the deal or properly assessing the risk. We have a responsibility to the public to make sure the construction of the airport is in good hands. Promises and public statements are nice but let's look at the work the company has done in the past, KC can't afford estimates that aren't in line with expectations. There are real doubts about the ability of Edgemoor & their partners to deliver when they've obviously had problems in the past."

And so, the debate continues with greedy consultants and desperate politicos working behind the scenes to play kingmaker in a bidding battle that will definitely result in a lawsuit, hurt feelings and even more political rivalries as election season approaches.

Developing . . .

24 Comments:

Plk said...

KC should thank Edgemoor and buy them a beer if all we have to worry about is 30 million. Look at La Guardia or Denver, their cost overruns were in the hundreds of millions and close to a billion.

I understand council wanting to keep costs low. It's a shame that Sly can't get on the same page with that.

Anonymous said...

I think it's time we really start worrying about the city's debt with the stock market sliding another 300 points this morning. We can't go on writing these checks for the next generation to cash.

Anonymous said...

That's what KC does, just one big ponzi scheme and voters are left with the check.

Polka King said...

Sly's the pied piper of tax increases, he can never be wrong because he smiles so pretty when it's time to ask KC voters for more cash. It keeps on happening year after year, I don't want his hand in my wallet but I can't deny that KCMo has a hard time telling him NO!

Anonymous said...

His colored people think he is a god so they will back him on everything, everytime

Anonymous said...

Why should we care if there are cost overruns? We were told that we wouldn't have to pay for the airport. The airlines are supposed to pay for it.

I voted "NO" so kiss my ass said...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Damn good point, but you know as well as I do we have been lied to continuously about this whole stinking affair.

Dex said...

KC will pay hundreds of millions on it. Edgemoor already wants 30 million before they lift a shovel.

Those campaign promises were some of the biggest lies we've seen so far.

Anonymous said...

Seems like some person or group is doing all they can to blow up Edgemoor and ruin this deal for them.

Anonymous said...

Edgemoor has bungled and ruined this all by themselves. The garbage they pulled with Clark would be enough to get them thrown out of any other venue.

Anonymous said...

If this fiasco is finally concluded with ONLY a $30 million cost overrun, everyone should be greatly relieved.
The overruns will actually turn out to be much much greater, the building will be poorly-constructed and disappointing, and will need fixes almost from the time it's finished.
And then there's always CHANGE ORDER ONE.
Anything that starts out so poorly and amateurishly handled has zero chance of ending well.
What an embarrassment!

Tracy Thomas said...

This is like watching a horror show in slow motion. The audience is screaming, "Look behind you! He's gonna kill you next!" And the City just keeps moving. Every week the meetings are new episodes of Friday Night Fright Night.

Afraid to be wrong. Unable to be right, because they don't know what they are doing. Sly and the council have sold out to developers and campaign contributors to such an extent they have become the Zombie Council.

And if they pivot left, again, back to Burns&Mac, that's not a solution, either. Just another Zombie Apocalypse.

Southwest Airlines--you need to step in like Father Knows Best and pull the plug. Call Joco, and move your flights to Gardner Airport which has the land, the county has the willpower and will whisk your half of all flights at KCI closer to where 70% of your flying public lives. Because only 9% of KCMO residents ever go to KCI in a year.

Stop expecting KCMO City council to respond to your demands. They are addicts who can't be trusted to be their word or show up.


DeBergerac said...

Tracy, check your numbers. According to the Airlines, only one in four flyers departing KCI lives in Kansas.
Last time I looked, "one in four" did not equate to 70%!

That said, I'm all for building an Airport on the Kansas side, let the taxpayers there assume the risks that the next Airline Consolidation will make Tax Revenue Support a necessity to avoid defaulting on the Construction Loans.

For that matter, let's move the Chiefs, Royals and Starlight over to Kansas, and we'll all drive over there and mooch off you folks for a while.

Anonymous said...

Just put Trump in charge!

He knows how to develop real estate without bankrupting anyone.

Oh, wait a second ....

... at least piss boy has Russian mobsters who can bail us out when no one else will.

Tracy Thomas said...

Obviously, DeBergerac, may I call you Cyrano???
I could be way wrong.
And perhaps I am thinking about Southwest's traffic, not all of the flying public.
Alot of business folk taking Southwest for quick one or two day business meetings wherever Southwest flies.
The other airlines come into play for cross country vacations or linking up for international flights--which is not Southwest's bread and butter.
So feel free to supply other facts and figures.

And to your point, 12:12--
whenever Johnson County TRIES to step up, and take on a big destination, well KCMO rejects that out of hand. They want to hog all the headlines, and end up getting stuck with the bill. Ego. A very expensive indulgence.

There WAS talk of moving the Chiefs. Rather than remodeling the K.
Squashed like a bug.

There WAS talk of Starlight, the arts venues, including the Rep, the Opera, the Symphony, etc.

Y'all just can't stand it! Suckers. You don't play well with the other kids.
Keep bankrupting your city, keep ignoring the co-mingled frozen pipes, the deteriorating streets, turn your back on Westport and the Plaza to finance and subsidize downtown and the P&L, keep ruining the City Market, keep running the Clockwork Orange toy train, (well, except when it rains, when it snows, when it ices, when it just doesn't go...

Kinda like the Chamber--when it finally became the Greater Kansas City Chamber, but really, it's all just a one way street.

H,mmm--maybe that's the next ticket...make all the streets one way--inbound to 12th & Oak.

Anonymous said...

That is $30 million on top of the already 17% over they are currently. If they suck this bad in Seattle they will be an unmitigated disaster here as they need to spend all kinds of cleaning up their mess in Washington.

The bigger question is who at the city or aviation dept knew about this and was it shared?

Anonymous said...

Someone still believes the joke dossier! How funny.

Anonymous said...

I would say a bi-state commission should be formed which would oversee a new airport development project. Too much risk for this City to take on based upon the City Commissions track record and overall effectiveness in management the City's business.

Anonymous said...

lot of wasted time and bs to ultimately give the contract to B&D

Anonymous said...

Name a single KC tax payer funded pet project that has not run over by huge bucks. When are these KC toothless fucktards going to catch on to the pattern. If there was any accountability in this town someones ass would be hanging off the flag pole at teh present airport for letting it fall apart while paying out millions for maintenance personnel.

Anonymous said...

DeBergerac: is that 70% number limited to passengers who originate their air travel in KC, or does it include passengers who originated elsewhere but continue through, or change planes at, KC?

I think the former number is the relevant one, but I would be a bit surprised if that's how somebody got to your 70%.

Tracy Thomas said...

2:02--thank you for solving the mystery for me--
of why City staff were at KCI last night, wearing Burns & Mac parkas, during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl, greasing the flagpoles!

Fear of folks flying from Mpls thru KCI on their way home to Philly...

Anonymous said...

Some time ago there was a report that the single largest user of KCI was Fort Leavenworth. Might check that out.
In any case, KCMO, with a population of around 473,000 in a metro or 2.5 million, is most certainly not the largest source of passengers at the airport.
So everyone else can just watch the clown show at 12th and Oak screw this up for the rest of us.
World class.
Third World!

Anonymous said...

Save KCI!

The bubble just burst.

Time to get frugal again.