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Legislation #: 130194 Introduction Date: 3/7/2013
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 3/7/2013
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHARP, TAYLOR, CIRCO, JAMES, JR. AND BROOKS
Title: Stating the Mayor and Council’s position regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment for the transfer of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant in the Bannister Federal Complex and directing the City Clerk to file or otherwise transmit this resolution to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s public comment record on or before March 14, 2013.

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3/7/2013 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/7/2013 Immediate Adoption of Resolution
3/7/2013 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 130194

 

Stating the Mayor and Council’s position regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment for the transfer of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant in the Bannister Federal Complex and directing the City Clerk to file or otherwise transmit this resolution to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s public comment record on or before March 14, 2013.

 

WHEREAS, a Draft Environmental Assessment for the transfer of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant in the Bannister Federal Complex has been prepared and public comments on the draft document are being accepted through March 14, 2013; and

 

WHEREAS, the National Nuclear Security Administration (“NNSA”) is in the process of moving its operations from the Bannister Federal Complex to its newly constructed National Security Campus at Botts Road and Missouri 150 Highway, which should be completed by fall of 2014; and

 

WHEREAS, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) has decided to relocate its operations at the Bannister Federal Complex to Kansas City’s Central Business District and to begin a leasing process for its new location in 2014, leaving the U.S. Marine Corps as the only federal agency remaining at the Bannister Federal Complex; and

WHEREAS, the timely transfer of the soon to be vacated Bannister Federal Complex (except for the U.S. Marine Corps facilities) for commercial redevelopment under the appropriate conditions is vitally important for the economic vitality of south Kansas City; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council have already expressed their position on this issue on February 23, 2012, with their adoption of Resolution No. 120186 concerning the then planned Environmental Impact Statement for the possible disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex, which has since been replaced by an Environmental Assessment process; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council now wish to reiterate and further clarify their original position on this important subject so their position can be considered as part of the public comment process for the Draft Environmental Assessment; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. Transfer of the entire Bannister Federal Complex (other than the U.S. Marine Corps facilities which the Mayor and Council wish to keep at the site) for commercial redevelopment is much preferable to the no-action alternative, which would result in the vacated site further deteriorating and becoming a blighting influence on the surrounding area. With shared utility systems and adjoining buildings and property, it would be impractical to only transfer the NNSA property. The GSA property should be included in the transfer.

 

Section 2. Demolition of all the transferred buildings (many of which were built in the 1940s and contain asbestos and lead based paint, and some of which have been contaminated with hazardous materials such as PCBs, solvents and heavy metal-affected structures) is necessary to facilitate the timely commercial redevelopment of the site.

 

Section 3. The “analytical scenario” contained in the Draft Environmental Assessment that analyzes “a representative and realistic range of potential future uses” for the site (specifically mixed use such as industrial, warehouse and office development) based on the responses to the NNSA Notice of Availability appears generally realistic, although the Mayor and Council continue to believe that some retail development should be considered as well, particularly along the site’s frontage on Bannister Road and Troost Avenue.

 

Section 4. Excavation and appropriate disposal of soils above the groundwater table with contaminant levels greater than the EPA Regional Screening Levels is much preferable to simply attempting to contain such contamination and will significantly reduce the source for further groundwater contamination, thereby improving the likelihood of success of the existing groundwater treatment system and perhaps shortening the time it will need to remain in operation.

 

Section 5. The aforementioned transfer, demolition and remediation should be done in a timely manner as soon as possible after the NNSA and GSA vacate the site.

 

Section 6. The City Clerk is instructed to submit this resolution to KCPEAComments@nnsa.doe.gov and to Mr. Nathan Gorn, of the NNSA Kansas City Field Office, 2000 East 95th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64131, on or before March 14, 2013.

 

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