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Who Wants to Buy Kemper?
March 25, 2015

The end continues to approach for Kansas City’s Kemper Arena. A City Council committee approved a plan to eventually put the 40 year old arena up for sale.

The City’s manager’s office will draw up a request for proposals to see if anyone, anywhere,wants to buy the facility.

The building was replaced by the modern Sprint Center in 2007. Since then, business and events have dwindled. The city now callsKemper “surplus property ‘.

“That means no other city department can use the property. It’s excess. The city doesn’t need it,” said Councilman Ed Ford.

Ford says Kansas City’s American Royal show, Kemper’s last consistent tenant, has announced it is no longer interested in buying the building. The Royal wanted the City to tear Kemper down and pay for half of a smaller replacement building.

Another proposal to convert the arena into a two-floor youth sports center was also withdrawn.

Former City Councilman Dan Cofran has been resisting Kemper’s destruction. He is pleased with the decision to seek another buyer. Cofran, however, concedes he’s not sure who is interested.

“I do not have specifics. It’s important for the process to get underway. And this is where you begin it,” he said.

Kansas City still owes more than $4 million in bond payments from a remodeling project in the 1990’s. The finals bond payments will be made next spring.
Just bare maintenance of the building would cost the city nearly a million dollars a year.

The request for proposals should be drawn up within a few weeks. Ford says the City will hunt for a buyer for about 90 days.

“If there is none, then the next City Council will have to decide whether or not to tear it down or preserve it,” according to Ford

KC Design Firm to Pitch ‘Smart Road’ Alternative for I-70
March 25, 2015

A Kansas City design firm, Intergrated Roadways, plans to offer an alternative to a I-70 toll road to the Missouri Commission next week.
Designer Tim Sylvester wants the state of Missouri to consider his project, prefabricated concrete slaps designed to carry information to motorists as they drive.
Sylvester says the wired road could let drivers know of delays, road conditions and perhaps even charge phones and other devices while the vehicle travels on the road. Intergrated has a small test section of roadway on I-35 in Kansas.
Sylvester says the Pre-fab road slabs would cost more than convention highway construction. He estimates cost could run about $3 million per million for his project. That’s more expensive the traditional highway costs. Sent from my iPhone

Three Candidates for Mayor Debate Tuesday Night
March 24, 2015

Left to right: Sly James, Clay Chastain, Vincent Lee before their League of Women Voters forum. Sent from my iPhone

Claycomo Rolls Off 1st Aluminum Alloy Body Truck
March 13, 2015

A 2015 Ford F-150 pick up from Claycomo assembly plant.

The head of Ford Motors Americas division praised the work force the the Claycomo plant during a visit Friday.

“We have the best-selling van, the best-selling truck, the best-selling vehicle, all made right here in Kansas City,” said Joe Hinrichs, a Ford executive.

Hinrichs drove the first new F-Series 150 pick-up off the assembly line today.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and others were present for the ceremony.

Ford invested part of a billion dollars into a new, high tech robotic truck assembly line.

The 2015 150 pick-up has an aluminum allot body that makes it lighter and more fuel efficient. It is proving popular. Hinrichs says the average stay for the new truck on the lot is 18 days.

The Ford Dearborn truck plant has built the aluminum alloy body since 2014. Now, Claycomo joins them.

Once again Governor Nixon said the ‘Missouri Manufacturing jobs Act,’ often just called ‘The Ford Bill’ had led to the revitalization of the auto industry in Missouri.

”Going from a place where this place might have been closed to having the number one van and the number one truck, it’s a milestone,” said Nixon.

Before passage of the measure, the aging Claycomo plant was in trouble. It lost one of its two production lines. The Ford Escape assembly was transferred outside of Missouri.

Ford, however, replaced it with the Transit commercial van and $1.1 billion dollars in remodeling at the plant.

Claycomo now has more than 7,000 workers. It is one of the largest ford plants in the world.

Academic Lafayette Plans for Southwest Fall Thru
March 10, 2015

The Kansas City school district and Academy Lafayette are breaking off talks about a partnership to place an honors high school at the Southwest High building on Wornall. Both sides “agreed to step back”, according to a statement.
The announcement comes less than an hour after a group of ministers and public school advocates heavily criticized the talks between the two sides.
The group claimed the plan was promoting “separate but unequal” schools in the urban school district. Academie Lafayette Biard member Marvin Lyman agreed.
“You can’t necessarily do that with 2 different programs in the building,” he said during a news conference.
KCPS Superintendent acknowledged once that impasse was reached his district would have no choice but have its money follow KCPS students
A coalition of inner city ministers and parents, unaware the deal had crumbled hours before but bad not been announced, said they objected to the proposed Southwest High plan because it created a “separate but unequal” school program.

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