Kansas City loves museums but keeping them alive has always been a challenge.
Here's a bit of the backstory behind a recent conflict confronting one of the better spaces in town that might soon be homeless . . .
The situation started Sept. 9, 2019, when Kansas City amended its lease with Signature Flight Support for management of the Downtown Airport. The amendment deleted all financial benefits for the National Airline History Museum, essentially meaning the city would start charging Signature rent for the museum's space beginning in December 2019. Signature notified the museum that it would need to pay $3,256 a month in rent.
The Airline History Museum disputed the change in its sublease with Signature and refused to pay any rent from December 2019 to December 2020. The museum filed a lawsuit against Signature, saying the rent was being charged improperly and accusing Signature of interfering with the museum’s operations, specifically not allowing the museum to host a traveling display of a DC-8 aircraft.
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A revised lease agreement with the Downtown Airport's operator meant the museum would have to start paying rent for the space housing its collection of rare aircraft. The museum lost a lawsuit in district court and hopes to survive long enough to win its appeal.