The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that the federal agency has selected CenterPoint Properties as a preferred planning partner to further develop potential reuse opportunities for the Kansas City Plant which is located at the Bannister Federal Complex in south Kansas City.
“We’re very excited to engage in continued negotiations with CenterPoint Properties in the months ahead,” said Mark Holecek, site manager for the NNSA’s Kansas City Site Office. “CenterPoint Properties is recognized nationally as having expertise in repurposing brownfield properties. We believe CenterPoint Properties presented an initial proposal that has the best potential to achieve transfer of the property in a manner that is timely, cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and economically beneficial to the community.”
In October 2011, the NNSA issued a Notice of Availability for the transfer, sale, or lease of its property at the Bannister Federal Complex. As a result, the NNSA received a substantial response from various companies, which included redevelopment plans that extended beyond the bounds of the NNSA property to include the portion owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The current proposal includes options for all or parts of the Complex.
“We continue to work hard to ensure our portion of Bannister is also available for reuse or redevelopment,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “We support the NNSA and their efforts to help with a process that will provide both environmental sustainability and economic benefits for the south Kansas City community."
NNSA, with GSA as a cooperating agency, is currently working on a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study, which will analyze the environmental impact of transfer of the property in whole or in part for uses that could be different from its current use. The study will assess the impact of the proposed federal action on the environment. Upon conclusion of the study, a Record of Decision will be issued, identifying the final decision, the alternatives to the proposed action, and any mitigation considered or implemented. A Record of Decision is now expected in March 2013. The study will help inform NNSA efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to ensure that the consideration of environmental issues is an integral part of planning.
Consistent with the NEPA process, NNSA will work with CenterPoint Properties to further develop approaches in support of potential reuse opportunities. These approaches will include continued conceptual design and feasibility studies while not limiting the choice of reasonable alternatives available to the agency. The Kansas City Plant is moving to a newly constructed industrial complex about eight miles south of the current Kansas City Plant beginning in January 2013. GSA has announced plans to vacate its property also, but a future location for its employees has not been identified.
“CenterPoint Properties is pleased to be selected as the NNSA’s preferred planning partner for the Bannister Federal Complex,” said Jim Cross, Senior Vice President. “And we look forward to collaborating with NNSA, GSA, the City of Kansas City, and the Federal and State environmental authorities to revitalize this important community asset, and to accomplish its safe and beneficial reuse as an economic development success for South Kansas City.”