As much as City Hall feigns concern for the homeless, right now 12th & Oak is allowing the poverty stricken to inhabit an urban core plot of land despite environmental dangers.
TKC broke this story at the beginning of the month . . . But here's far more comprehensive documentation:
An assessment, by Olsson Engineering, listed 10 gas stations and dry cleaning services that were once there as likely having the presence of “chemicals of concern” in the sub-surface of the property. Those were caused by the release of vapors from contaminated soil or groundwater either on or near the property, according to the assessment.
In 2019, a Kansas City-led coalition applied for funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to address brownfields across the area. The application stated that before 1958, a poor community living in impoverished housing resided on the Chouteau site until it was demolished and filled for construction of an adjacent highway interchange.
According to the application, the fill caused chronic structural problems in the housing units. It also said that a preliminary assessment identified elevated levels of lead, arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The coalition received $1.4 million in EPA Brownfields Program funding in 2020 for cleanup planning and assessment in the region.
Don't worry, it gets worse . . . As does everything when 12th & Oak gets involved . . .
NEIGHBORS REPORT THE HOMELESS CAMP SITE CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS CRIME AROUND THE AREA SURGES!!!
Here's the word . . .
"We've seen a massive uptick in property theft . . . A few, but not all, of the homeless at that camp will steal everything that isn't nailed down. And what's worse is that they're fighting with each other. A couple of weeks ago there was a stabbing about a block away after a fight inside the camp spilled into the street . . . All the while, the site continues to grow at a steady pace. They're up to about two dozen tents now. The City Manager's office continues to stall on a solution after it took his office weeks to respond at all . . ."
For those who haven't already check deets about the environmental disaster in the making via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
A growing homeless population is now camping at a potentially hazardous waste site after being asked to relocate by Kansas City officials. More than 20 tents are lined across city property that borders the site of the former Chouteau Courts apartments and Belvidere Park.
Developing . . .