City leaders vote to resume talks with Edgemoor as lead contractor at KCI

Bill Grady
December 22, 2017 - 4:45 am

Edgemoor remained the the lead developer for the KCI terminal project after the Kansas City Council held a back-and-forth discussion Thursday. 

Council member Lee Barnes had introduced a resolution to end negotiations with Edgemoor for the $1-billion project and start dealing with runner-up AECOM.

The council voted in favor of continuing talks with Edgemoor in a series of meetings that will begin January 9, 2018. Last week the council stunned a lot of people when it abruptly voted down a basic memorandum of understanding with the company out of Maryland.

Barnes cast the only vote in opposition of Edgemoor.

"What we're doing right now is making sure that we're doing our due diligence," said Jolie Justus, Airport Committee chair. "A slowdown would be if we did things inappropriately and risked the project in general."

"This is not a slowdown," Justus said.

The sticking points were hiring benchmarks for minorities and women, community benefits and a $30-million reimbursement clause. All but Barnes are optimistic those issues can be ironed out.

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