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.
Developing . . .