- Clean all City-controlled properties of environmental contamination.
- Market the Redevelopment Area for new uses that will benefit surrounding neighborhoods and Kansas City as a whole.
Background and Orientation
The City of Kansas City, Missouri controls about seven city blocks of property at 63rd and Prospect Ave. through a 99-year lease with the Tax Increment Financing Commission of Kansas City (TIF), which owns the properties.
The property was acquired by the City in settlement of lawsuits with a previous developer for the site, the Community Development Corporation of Kansas City (CDC-KC). With the City as a partner, CDC-KC had acquired the properties from private owners and relocated residents in the area. CDC-KC planned a shopping center on the site with adjacent residential development, but was unable to complete the project.
The City acquired the property so that it couild be put to a use that would be positive for surrounding neighborhoods, and not be devleloped without a plan that benefits community stakeholders. Click here for a map showing all of the properties the City acquired through the lawsuit settlement, highlighted in color on the map.
What the City is Doing
Marketing the Redevelopment Area
The map below shows the 63rd and Prospect Redevelopment Area boundaries.
Purchasing Properties in the Redevelopment Area
The City is also purchasing four properties within the Redevelopment Area that were not purchased by CDC-KC, in order to offer the site as a fully developable parcel.
Performing a Market Study for the Area
The City contracted with a independent firm to conduct a market study to show what could be sucessfully built in the Redevelopment Area. This includes current and future projections for commercial, residential, institutional, office and other uses. The market study, posted in the Documents section, was presented at the community meeting on May 16, 2013.
Community Meeting - Cleanup Alternatives
6 p.m., Wed., June 26
Southeast Community Center
4201 E. 63rd Street
Site Redevelopment / General Inquiries:
Claude Page, email@example.com
Andrew Bracker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Meeting Documents
Environmental Related Documents
Environmental Assessment and Cleanup
During demolition of homes and structures in the redevelopment area between 2003 and 2006, some improper practices were utilized by the developer and its contractors which resulted in asbestos contamination on the site. The City has completed assessment of the asbestos contamination and has developed plan for site cleanup, and plan alternatives were made available for public comment. The State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources has approved the cleanup plan.
Cleanup of the site was previously targeted for completion by October 2013, but is now targeted for July 2014. To better understand the volumes of asbestos material in subsurface and surface debris locations, 4 “test” locations or pits will be remediated. With the knowledge gained, the cleanup will be contracted and performed more smoothly. A public meeting to update progress will be held before cleanup work starts in 2014.
On environmental issues, the City has taken the following steps:
1. Due Diligence (Area-wide Phase I Environmental Site Assessment) completed December 2011. (Assistance approved at a brownfields public meeting on November 18, 2011.)
2. Enrolled the site into the Missouri Voluntary Cleanup Program. (January 23, 2012).
3. Secured City funds for cleanup and predevelopment and federal brownfield grant funds of $500,000 for cleanup and $150,000 for assessment. (Assistance approved at brownfields public meeting held March 26, 2012 and April 20, 2012).
4. Issued a Request for Proposals to complete site investigation and design the most effective and efficient cleanup plan for the Site. (June 2012).
5. Continued securing and managing site conditions. (fencing, debris removal, street barricades, mowing, and dangerous building removal.)
6. Environmental Assessment completed (May 2013)
7. Public Meeting on Market Study and Environmental Issues (May 16, 2013).
8. Cleanup Plan prepared (June 2013).
9. Public Meeting on Cleanup Alternatives (June 26, 2013).
10. “Test Pits” Remediation Plan developed (July 2013).
11. MDNR approves Cleanup Plan and Test Pits Plan (September 24, 2013)
12. Issued Request for Proposals for Test Pits Remediation (October 17, 2013).
Tentative Schedule for Site Cleanup:
December 25, 2013 - Complete “Test Pits” cleanup.
February 3, 2014 – Issue Request for Bids for entire Site Cleanup.
March 24, 2014 - Begin Site Cleanup
July 18, 2014 - Complete Cleanup
September 1, 2014 - Issue No Further Action Letter
The site assessment and cleanup is being funded through assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the City.