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Legislation #: 180367 Introduction Date: 5/10/2018
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER JAMES, JR.
Title: Expressing the Mayor’s and Council’s support for the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities’ call for the new KCI terminal to be the most accessible airport in the world.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
5/10/2018 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/10/2018 Referred to Airport Committee
6/14/2018 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
6/14/2018 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
6/21/2018 Adopted as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 180367

 

Expressing the Mayor’s and Council’s support for the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities’ call for the new KCI terminal to be the most accessible airport in the world.

WHEREAS, citizens on November 7, 2017, voted in an overwhelming majority to demolish the existing terminal A of Kansas City International Airport (KCI), and construct a new single terminal; and

 

WHEREAS, as a part of the design process, the developer Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate LLC (Edgemoor) facilitated open houses to gather community input for the terminal’s final design; and

 

WHEREAS, on October 5, 2017, Edgemoor unveiled preliminary design concepts to the City Council; and

 

WHEREAS, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an internationally-known architecture firm and member of the Edgemoor development team, has incorporated elements that reflect Kansas City’s cultural heritage into the preliminary design; and

 

WHEREAS, convenience for the users of the new airport terminal, in general, was a consistent theme throughout this and other conversations; and

 

WHEREAS, it is imperative that not only is convenience to be considered, but also accessibility for all of citizens, regardless of physical and cognitive abilities, must be a core focus of both the design and construction of the new airport terminal; and

 

WHEREAS, because the users of the new airport terminal will include families flying with their children, the design and construction of the new airport terminal must address the accessibility and inclusiveness needs of children with special needs; and

 

WHEREAS, Variety KC is a local charity whose efforts are devoted to providing children with special needs with the means to improve accessibility and with opportunities for inclusiveness and which has consulted with the Kansas City Zoo in its design and construction of the first ever Variety KC Exploration Play Area which opened in early May; and

 

WHEREAS, Variety KC has provided SOM with design details for an inclusive playground area that will be the first of its kind in a United States airport within the new terminal that would be both accessible and inclusive for children with special needs and would provide calming experiences for children with special needs and for restrooms that would be both accessible and inclusive for children and adults with special needs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public; and

 

WHEREAS, inclusive communities are stronger communities and, as communities become more complex and diverse, programs that promote respect, collaboration and understanding will result in members of that community having a better appreciation of differences, less tolerance of bias, and greater potential for developing effective leaders and role models: and

 

WHEREAS, KCI is a major entrance and exit point from Kansas City, and therefore, should meet, if not exceed, standards of the ADA; and

 

WHEREAS, the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, which assists the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in identifying and responding to the needs of citizens with disabilities as they relate to the City's programs and activities, believes that the City’s mere adherence to the requirements of the ADA will not be sufficient to provide all of the public with a new airport terminal that affords the types and levels of accessibility that thoughtful design and construction and modern technology can provide; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Mayor and the Council support the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities’ call for a new KCI terminal to be the most accessible airport in the world, and encourage Edgemoor and SOM, and affiliated designers of the new single terminal airport, to continue dialogue throughout the community in order to create the most accessible design in the world.

 

Section 2. That the Mayor and the Council encourage Edgemoor and SOM to incorporate the accessibility and inclusiveness needs of children with special needs into the design and construction of the new airport terminal, including a playground area within the new terminal that would be both accessible and inclusive for children with special needs and would provide calming experiences for children with special needs and to design and construct restrooms that would be both accessible and inclusive for children and adults with special needs. Further, the Mayor and the Council encourage Edgemoor and SOM to work with Variety KC during the design and development of these amenities and that there be no resulting additional costs to the new terminal project other than that paid for from Variety KC’s private funding sources.

 

Section 3. That the City Clerk send this Resolution to the Aviation Department Director, Edgemoor and Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

 

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