Friday, April 28, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY POWER PLAYER MIKE BURKE STRIKES BACK AGAINST DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL PETITIONERS!!!
The politics of Kansas City development and taxpayer subsidy have once against EXPLODED into a public war of words.
To wit, TKC is here to report the most recent barrage FIRST . . .
THE LATEST STATEMENT FROM MIKE BURKE BLASTS OPPONENTS OF THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL!!!
The behind the scenes on this is also noteworthy . . . Anybody who knows Mike Burke realizes that he's a very patient, calm and thoughtful businessman so a media blast like this one is not only rare but somewhat unprecedented.
Much more to the point than the Visit KC guy and his shill work . . . Here's the word DIRECTLY from the source. Checkit:
Statement Regarding Challenge to Zoning Ordinance of Kansas City Convention Center Hotel Project
The following statement is from Mike Burke, on behalf of KC Hotel Developers, LLC
“This is another example of an isolated group of individuals trying to block the tremendous momentum Kansas City is experiencing to move us forward to become a world-class city.
They represent no one but themselves as they continually seek publicity for themselves regardless of the damage it does to the community. When attempts like this to impede on our momentum come forth, it is important to remember the facts:
The ordinance approves the zoning plan for the hotel and was passed by an 11-0 vote of the City Council. No citizen spoke in opposition to the plan either at the Plan Commission or City Council. The project is close to finishing its construction pricing and financing goals and has fully performed under its agreements with the City.
There will be no city guarantee of any project financing and no General Fund obligation. Taxpayers will not be responsible for any project cost overruns or revenue shortfalls.
Public funds for the project will come from the already-existing convention and tourism tax – those are out-of-town dollars – as well as taxes generated by the new convention hotel’s operations. The balance of the project cost is financed by hotel operating revenues and private equity.
The deliverable for the city’s investment – a $310 million convention headquarters hotel with 800 rooms – will generate additional economic activity and jobs for neighboring properties downtown and for the entire metro area, further enhancing return on the city’s investment. It is important to remember that there has been no new convention hotel built since 1985 – 32 years ago.
The conventions slated to come to Kansas City once this hotel is built will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars for our city. And, this project will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment to our city. Those are powerful and meaningful numbers.
It is estimated that the project will bring 350 full-time-equivalent jobs, plus additional employment in other Kansas City-area businesses serving the convention business. The project will require 1,500 construction workers, including 600 workers at peak construction and an average of 400 workers during the course of construction.
And, it’s important to remember the needs we have as a city just to keep in step with our peer cities. This hotel will provide much needed convention and meeting space; retail, restaurant, bar and lounge space; recreational space; and approximately 450 parking spaces.
The hotel will be a short walk from the Power & Light District, Sprint Center and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. A covered bridge will seamlessly connect the hotel lobby to Bartle Hall and the Convention Center. A convention headquarters hotel is the missing factor to restoring Kansas City’s convention competitiveness.
Even the State of Missouri has shown its support of downtown Kansas City this week, with the state senate’s approval of financing a new UMKC Conservatory Downtown Arts Campus. The momentum is real, and this Conventional Hotel project is sound.
This group in opposition of this imperative project has a track record of misrepresenting the public’s interests. Whether it is gutting our police, fire and ambulance services, or opposing badly needed infrastructure improvements, this group is underestimating this city’s trust in our Mayor, our City Council and city management to act in the best interests of the entire community and the future of our great city. A new downtown convention hotel is the lynch pin to complete the renaissance of downtown.”
And so, the fight against the future continues amid a great deal of Kansas City money already invested and now part of an intense debate over the fate Downtown . . .
Developing . . .