South KC Perspective
CenterPoint to Discuss Bannister Federal Complex Demolition
By John Sharp
A community meeting to learn about the demolition safety plan for the vacant Bannister Federal Complex is being hosted by CenterPoint Properties, the designated redeveloper for the site, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Center High School.
Specifically, CenterPoint officials will discuss their planning efforts to develop a safety strategy that will be implemented during the demolition phase of the redevelopment of the complex to assure the community will experience no environmental, health or traffic impacts from the demolition.
CenterPoint officials also will update the audience and answer questions on the current status and next steps for the redevelopment project. They have previously stated their intent to construct about 1.8 million square feet of industrial and distribution facilities on the site, with the possibility of commercial and retail facilities on the southwest corner of the site by the intersection of Bannister Road and Troost outside the flood wall.
The Marine Corps data center will remain on the site.
Legislation passed the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by then President Barack Obama in December to allow the National Nuclear Security Administration to transfer the complex to a private redeveloper and to pay it for demolition and cleanup of contamination at the site.
That approval is still pending, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will have to draft new permits regulating the cleanup before any demolition can start.
Persons wishing to attend should RSVP at CommunityOutreach@bannisterredevelopment.com.