Friday, May 7, 2010

Leading site for convention hotel has a somewhat murky past

Posted By on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge What lurks beneath the possible convention hotel site?
  • What lurks beneath the possible convention hotel site?

Officials in Kansas City, Missouri, have targeted the site of the Power & Light Building for a 1,000-room convention hotel. If the project gets the go ahead, a little environmental cleanup work will be required.

Decades ago, a powerhouse operated at the site. Later, Kansas City Power & Light removed an underground storage tank that had been used to fuel the vehicles in its fleet.

KCP&L enrolled a 0.7-acre section of the block into the Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program in 2005, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR says a review revealed no damage requiring further investigation or cleanup in order to reuse the site. One boring had detected possible petroleum contamination. The DNR says the concentration, type of petroleum and depth did not pose a risk.

"However, to be safe KCP&L agreed to place a deed notice in the chain of title to inform any future owners potentially excavating the area surrounding that boring that the material may not be clean fill and should be properly handled if encountered," DNR spokeswoman Renee Bungart says in an e-mail.

The brownfield program issued a certification of completion in October 2005.

Ron Jury, the developer who proposed the Power & Light site, is aware of the property's environmental history. He says he's received an imprecise cost estimate of remaining cleanup, and it amounts to "hardly anything."

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