KANSAS CITY CONVENTION CENTER CONVERTED TO HOMELESS SHELTER!!!

The homeless now occupy one of the most iconic landmarks in Downtown Kansas City.

To wit . . .

THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE IS UNQUESTIONABLY KAPUT AS BARTLE HALL CONVENTION CENTER NOW SERVES HOBOS!!!

To be fair, there wasn't much else going on there right now . . .

Fun fact from a newsie friend . . .

City Hall emphasizes the low-key "Bartle Hall" moniker because turning a major convention center into a homeless hotel isn't a good look for future biz. 

Overall this is a dumb move given that the homeless are going to have to relocated at some point. 

Moreover, all of the potential heartache that will occur in that location over the next month will spark a great deal of bad PR for the location over the long term.

Still, 12th & Oak announced this move on a Friday because they knew it wouldn't go over well.  

Deets . . .

The Scott Eicke Warming Center, named after a man who died in the cold on New Year's Day, will open at 6 p.m. Friday.

The center will open every day from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following day through March 20.

"There is a continued growing need as we've seen in the aftermath of COVID and so it's important," said Stephanie Boyer, CEO of reStart, a nonprofit that works with people experiencing homelessness. "This is one step, we have a long ways to go and this is a great step."

There will be 150 beds available initially, but the city will expand the number of beds if needed.

Check the links . . .

KCTV5: Kansas City Convention Center to serve as cold weather shelter for homeless population

KSHB: Kansas City Convention Center to be used as homeless shelter

Kansas City opens convention center as shelter for homeless people

Developing . . .

Comments

  1. It's a good move. It's a compassionate move.

    The space was just sitting empty.

    Shame on you if you want these people out on the street.

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    1. ^^^

      +100

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    2. It's an insane, autocratic act of desperation on the part of a tragically incompetent mayor.

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  2. It warms my heart to know that these unfortunate people will be indoors, out of the cold. That said, that's gonna be one piss/ass-stinkin' convention center.

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  3. It’s a horrible move. A waist of what little city money is left after Q killed the city with lockdowns. Now police and fire will be responding to the convention center for fights, overdoses and stealings. The city is talking about shutting down fire and police stations and laying those folks off but by god we will give free stuff to those that give absolutely nothing to this city. New city manager and mayor are a joke.

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  4. This isn't worth paying $3,000 per month rent. Doesn't sound like momentum at all.

    I guess it's time to cancel that Two Light lease.

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  5. To hell with being bad for future biz; it’s one of the best things KC has done in a long time. Kudos to whoever made this happen.

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  6. At least once the mayor lays off all those police and fire fighters they will have a place to sleep

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  7. Time to move. Sold our home after we became empty nesters and gave downtown a shot. Call it what it is, but moving back to Johnson County. Downtown has become increasingly unsafe and this will only make it worse. We pay much higher taxes to live in an area that just is going to hell.

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  8. Dandy Randy1/29/21, 8:10 PM

    Quinton Lucas hates downtown luxury apartments, this is his revenge. He should just put the next shelter in the Crossroads to get the message across. If you have an income isn't related to political patronage then the mayor despises you.

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  9. Disgusting Quinton. I regret ever voting for you.

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    1. 8:11, no you don't. If there's one thing that progressives have going for them it is unanimity of thought as directed by the hive mind. Witness: millie.

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  10. Why not we lost all the big conventions.

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  11. And these people want to run the police department?

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  12. Get ready for a nightmare in that area, Quinton just destroyed your property values. I'm just hoping nobody gets hurt because of this. He's putting homeless people just two blocks from a senior center. It's amazing how much the mayor doesn't know about KC.

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  13. TOP PHOTO -- TOWERS OF MALE POWER

    When KC #METOO protestors teamed up with the newly formed LGBTQ Commission to tear down the Sky Station phallic symbols, they had their hands full!!!

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    1. ^^^

      WINNER!

      The top photo guy is EN FUEGO!

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  14. Just cancelled our lease in Power and Light. This isn’t what was bargained for.

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  15. Well then every little chucklowe here will be taking a homeless person into their home right? Just go downtown and pick one up and show us how compassionate you all are when you're not being seditious or out killing cops with spears.

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    1. ^^You're not fooling anyone old chimp! Lol

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  16. And security will be provided by the black panther party... think Im kidding look up Channel 41 with Gabby Weeks touting their anti-police org and praisingbthe black panthers as a authoritative force inside bartle hall

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  17. Quinton. You sold us out.

    We will not forget this if you even bother running for reelection.

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  18. Biden's Hairy Legs1/29/21, 8:52 PM

    See? That Houseless Union has paid off already. Who said forming a union wouldn't work for the homeless people? Well, at least the bums are being kept south of the river. Up here in the Northland, you know, where most of KC's residential tax base is derived, we care for the homeless, as long as they aren't up here. Keep them south of the river. What would be really cool is if the city could build some tent camps in median along Ward Parkway. Can you imagine the zip code street cred those homeless people would have then? "I live on Ward Parkway. Pass the Grey Poupon."

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  19. Just another example that neither the mayor nor the council are serious about building on the progress of downtown. It's obvious they want to destroy it all.

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  20. So basically what the mayor did was destroy the apartment leasing business downtown for the next month. Do you think anyone is going to buy an apartment with a homeless shelter down the street?

    Did they even ask the neighborhood about this?

    They just stepped on us all.

    I have a lot of properties I sell inside the downtown loop.

    Not anymore, getting out while I can if this is the kind of inconsiderate leadership we're getting from city hall.

    Shame on you Mayor. You should have talked to someone before you decided to move unilaterally.

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  21. Byron Funkhouser1/29/21, 9:11 PM

    8:38 Get back on your meds. You forgot your pissy little ^^ marks again.

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  22. not just the downtown renaissance. KC MO is over. This is the worst decision I've ever seen from a mayor in my life. Voters should be ashamed for ever electing this man.

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  23. Glad the homeless have shelter, but Bartle is huge. It’s gonna take a lot of supervision to prevent craziness in the nooks and crannies.

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  24. I worked at the federal building on 12th and Charlotte which was between two homeless shelters. It was a very dangerous area. There were several occasions when homeless people tried to assault me for no reason. Some tried to hit me with bottles, sticks and just their fist. One had a knife and threaten me. Most of these guys are harmless, but quite a few are very dangerous. Be warned and be careful.

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  25. Every chucklowe, ever, constantly1/29/21, 10:23 PM

    Yes shame on the mayor for doing something for the down-and-out people. We've got investments and real estate to worry about! We're rich and they're not! Is this another Big Media Deep State plot? The homeless all probably voted for China Joe ten times! Trump won, by a lot!

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  26. I thought the black panther party was listed as a domestic terrorist organization.

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  27. Shitty city

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  28. @9:28 good post..yep.I used to work there at 601 E. 12th ..til about ten years ago..area was getting scary back then,,fortunately, I had a parking space reserved at the fed parking lot across the street..east side..glad I didn't have to walk the streets any further..

    feel sorry for some of them..but..damn..some homeless I've encountered are truly assholes.. and dangerous..glad I'm away from that crap now.

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  29. Homeless people are usually drug/alcohol dependent, or mentally ill. Convention centers are not well suited for physical security once you're inside. Bartle Hall is an expensive taxpayer asset and giving a high risk population unfettered access is exactly that risky. Not prudent. The ramifications to the neighborhood are another consideration.

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  30. Smilin' Joel Olsteen1/30/21, 1:42 AM

    Seems like a real bad move, the mess those folks make is gonna be tremendous.

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  31. Billy Tammeus1/30/21, 2:24 AM

    I approve.

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  32. Just the latest example of the smiley Lucas approach to "governing".
    Ready!
    Fire!
    Aim!
    Unintended consequences as far as the eye can see.

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  33. I didn't know KC Restore was "Anti Cop" and Pro-Revolutionary Black Panthers. Good to know now. Next time I will just sell building supplies to actual Americans! FUCK YOU! And my 30k horse you rode in on.

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  34. 12:04 you're correct.


    KCMO's leaders aka elected official's incompetence is on display. To house homeless (some are mentally ill and not on medications) in a taxpayers building is irresponsible and putting other citizens life at risk.

    Will KCMO Health Director Archer oversea this debacle and enforce mask and social distancing?

    It appears in the photo that the cots are not separated as required for safety.

    What more is on schedule to destroy our once beautiful city?

    Yes, what can we expect next from the Mayor and his incompetent elected city leaders?

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  35. A beautifully cruel and accurate metaphor for the state of the city under Professor McDrinkerson and his clown crew.

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  36. All lickass and no balls just did was encourage every supposed homeless fuck for a hundred mile radius into one big building in the center of downtown, what exactly does he think these morons are gonna be doing all day in there? They’re on the street for a reason, drugs and alcohol now they’ll be doing it there..... hey wait a minute, that’s brilliant, get them fuck heads off the streets and put them far away from my beautiful neighborhood!

    I will say this though, they’ll be fecal contamination every where, floors walls sinks and the smell.... oh my god the place will have to be decontaminated when they kick them out eventually. I feel bad for the city workers that they will force into cleaning up after these idiots daily, nope, I wouldn’t do it for a million bucks.

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  37. This is on us. We elected these people!

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    1. Speak for yourself,if I wanted to continue to waste my time doing shit that amounts to nothing id still be banging your mom.

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  38. If my company convention manager recommended Kansas City for a convention location, I would fire him. The convention boondoggle in KC has drained huge amount of public funds which could have been used for streets, curbs, medians, street lighting, Police, etc, etc.
    Kind of like 18th and Vine. Huge waste of city funds with little to no ROI for the City.

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  39. I have no problem helping out the involuntarily homeless get back on their feet, but the bums can look after themselves.

    Closing down the mental hospitals and expecting the crazies to voluntarily seek out mental health care and take their meds regularly is what led to this mess. And it looks like there's no way to fix it.

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  40. Over/under on when the first murder or suicide happens in Mayor McDrinkerson's Homeless Hall?

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  41. Lucas has set a precedent; now the WOKE mob will demand Bartle Hall be used every winter to house the hobo's and drug addicts.

    I truly feel sorry for the Bartle Hall custodial staff that will have to clean up after these people.

    Will never step foot in Bartle Hall again. Gross.

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  42. We are on a fast track to becoming the next Portland/Seattle. I fear for our city, its citizens, businesses, you name it. If we continue on this path we're so screwed. I wish we had some actual leaders who gave a crap about the city they were elected to serve.

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  43. It’ll be like the Superdome during the hurricane. Rape gangs and lawlessness. Or should we just rename the convention center little Seattle or Portland.

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  44. So Habitat for Humanity is now "anti-cop" and pro Black Panther. Great PR booster!!!!

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  45. and the ATA offering free bus fares, you know during a pandemic, so bum central beacon going out to the region for all regional bums, come to kc, it's all free here!

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  46. Stephanie Boyer? Lol. The one who tanked ReStart's budget now demands the city create a massive trash heap out of great convention space to meet the need her failing organization can't.

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  47. I find it funny how all of you with negative comments about this are "Anonymous." No names or email addresses.
    Are you scared your names and comments will be made public and the truths will come out to the people at Your churches or your jobs?
    God forbid you have to look out of your loft window and see a homeless person walking down the street.

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  48. How about UNION STATION instead of Bartle Hall...? It is a warm, open environment with Restaurants, Theatres and Exhibits currently used by an ELITE.....FEW... If there is a conflict with all the PRIVATE PARTIES and FAB FUNDRAISERS they could offer the Homeless an opportunity to work the Events for a chance at a future job in Catering activities, etc.!! I’m sure the UNION HALL PATRONS would JUMP at the chance to SOLVE KC’s Homeless situation.

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