Friday, March 05, 2021

SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY ATA FUNDS DELAYED BARNEY ALLIS PLAZA REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME DESPITE BUSTED COVID BUDGET OBJECTIONS!!!

For more than 20 years Kansas City has hoped to turn the swath of land at Barney Allis Plaza into a downtown tourist attraction, this week there still isn't much progress other than more money dedicated to the idea that's still in the planning stages.

Here's the aftermath of this week's vote . . .

"The council voted 11-2 in favor of the plan that will take $1.3 million supplied by the Kansas City Area Transit Authority and with that money, pay McCownGordon Construction to come up with a project design . . .

"The main replacement project, estimated by different councilmembers to be somewhere between $75 million and a high estimate of $110 million, are still discussions and somewhat in the distance for the Barney Allis Plaza project."

Even better . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS SHARE DEETS ON THE BARNEY ALLIS PLAZA SCHEME THAT HOLDS MORE CASH THAN HOPE OF DRAWING A CROWD ANY TIME SOON!!!

Yesterday during council there were just a bit of fireworks but this inside word offers a clearer picture of what's happening behind the scenes . . .

"We have been paying some jerk for almost 3 years for work the city should have been doing. Doing public meetings, putting an RFP together and I have no idea what else. Anyway $3M worth!!! So now we are to the “preliminary design phase” . . . Now they have picked another company to do the design but they still need to be paid another $1.3 MILLION. 

Kathryn Shields couldn’t find the $$$ anywhere in the budget so she borrowed it from the frickin ATA - you know the outfit that does such wonderful bus service citywide - NOT!!!! 

Anyway they cough up the $1.3 MILLION for the design of the garage - thanks to sweet connection with the ATA!!! 

The ATA spokesperson claims they have capital to spare!!! Well if that's the case why have requests for the past 3 years for benches and shelters at bus stops been ignored due to the fact they “have no funds”. Wouldn’t the benches and shelters be capital???"

It gets worse . . .

This was sold as an infrastructure and safety action when it's really just another money grab from developers who are still pushing a downtown tourism agenda after the pandemic. 

For now, here's glimpse at the plan that will cost MILLIONS more of taxpayer cash that could be spent on COVID relief . . . Or maybe fixing streets, picking up trash and paying more first responders.

Barney Allis Redevelopment Project

Developing . . .

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

what's a few million between friends?

Anonymous said...

^^

Could be the difference between Kc bankruptcy.

Typical shell game.

Anonymous said...

Irresponsible Council! Remember this next vote time!!!

Anonymous said...

So who's getting all this money? What connections do they have to the city hall elite? What politicians have they made political contributions to in the past?
Maybe Derrick "The Dick" Donovan could look into this once the Star slows down it's bashing of police officers.
Probably not, though.

Clayton Bigsby said...

1.3 million just to come up with a plan

KC said...

Ask KC area grade schools to have a design contest for the site. Cheap and the mayor can blame the kids if the structure falls down and kills people.

Bandit said...

Suckers! Not coming out of my pocket anymore!
不不不不不不不不不不不不不不

VP Skanky said...

Some of this bullshit may come to a sudden screeching stop IF

KC VOTERS FINALLY GET SMART ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE CORE COMMUNITY'S ASSURED VOTE FOR ANYTHING THAT ENSURES MORE GIMME DAT. THE SHITTY ASSUMES THEY CAN MAKE FOOLS OUT OF VOTERS ONCE AGAIN WHEN ETAX EXTENSION VOTE COMES UP FOR APPROVAL.

CHANCES ARE, BASED ON PAST EVIDENCE, THEY'RE RIGHT. WE CAN ONLY HOPE FOLKS ARE REALIZING THEY ARE PLAYED FOR FOOLS YEAR AFTER YEAR.

Anonymous said...

What kind of drugs are the city council using because they seem to be totally divorced from reality? The city is broke. The downtown renaissance is dead and not coming back. Spend the money on basic services, including policing and maybe things will come back in time.

Rjm said...

So they're not charging bus fare but now the bus is funding development? Sad.

Anonymous said...

its been a tourist attractions for skateboarder's since the 80's

Anonymous said...

ATA mission-creeping into an eco devo schemer. They did same thing at 3D and grand


Just focus on bus transit.

Anonymous said...

Downtown tourist attraction, how delusional can kcmo get.

Anonymous said...



First thing they need to do is rename the Barney Allis Plaza to the Alvin Brooks Plaza.

I'm not sure who Barney Allis was but I assume the media will find he was a racist.

Anonymous said...

Great idea.. We need more equity and inclusion. Paint a blm murals and make it free to stay at the hotel like the bus and sit back and watch the ensuing diversity make it real and dynamic.