GRID wrote:This is still the biggest missed opportunity in the history of Kansas City. Period. Had this gone downtown, it would have put KC into a totally different league of cities. This one project would have done that.
Instead, the 4.5 billion dollar project (one of the biggest corporate welfare projects in the history of the United States), will do almost nothing to help the area it's going into because of it's 1980's design.
just 10% of the jobs would have had a significant impact downtown. enough to require a new office tower.
The city and the state should have required Cerner to do something like that in order for them to receive the absurd incentives they got for the Bannister Mall project.
I have always hoped that Cerner would put up one signature tower downtown. Just one. They are already spread all over the the metro. Why not have one tower in the middle of the city where they would have the main HQ offices? A single 50 story 1 million sq ft tower. That's all I have ever asked for.
I still wonder if maybe they still will. Maybe they will see all the constant negative feedback they are getting from the trails campus and do something, ANYTHING downtown. You would think by now they would have broken ground on the next phase of the Bannister project to keep that on schedule and I keep thinking maybe they will have a change of heart and take just part of that ridiculous office park and build a signature tower in Downtown KC. I know, wishful thinking. KC is lucky that campus is not halfway to Lawrence or Emporia as it is. But I keep hoping.
A LOT has changed in Downtown KC in just the past five years. They have to be wondering why they are missing out on that and have to be getting some feedback from the new employees they are bringing to the metro that are commuting from the city to these suburban office parks.