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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2004

City seeks project manager for proposed downtown arena

City Manager Wayne Cauthen today announced that the City has issued a Request for Qualifications seeking a firm to provide program management for the City’s proposed new downtown arena. The program management will consist of project and construction management services.

“We want to hire a firm to provide qualified and experienced program and construction management services to assist the Office of the City Manager in developing this complex and aggressive project,” Cauthen said.

The arena would allow Kansas City to host major indoor sporting events and performances.

Cauthen said the selected firm should have national level expertise in all aspects of constructing large, complex, event facilities and arenas including, but not limited to, financing, community relations, management and coordination of municipal projects, publicly financed projects, urban redevelopment, design processes, and fast-tracked design and construction projects. The selected firm also would coordinate with other projects in the immediate vicinity of the arena, which is proposed to be located in the downtown business district.

The proposed financing of the project will come from public-private partnerships, user fees, and new fees on hotel rooms and rental cars. A special election is set for Aug. 3 for voters to consider authorization of the fees.

If the new fees are approved by voters, the $250 million project would be completed by March 2007 in conjunction with and in support of the City’s KC Live entertainment district, the H&R Block facility, and numerous other projects that are planned west of the arena through the summer of 2006.

Interested firms should submit Statements of Qualifications by 5 p.m. July 20. The RFQ can be accessed online at www.kcmo.org.

    
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