FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2015
City calls for proposals for the redevelopment of Kemper Arena
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is proud to announce the request for proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of Kemper Arena. The RFP is open nation-wide to developers who are interested in investing in Kansas City’s burgeoning West Bottoms.
“The announcement of Kansas City’s request for proposal for the redevelopment of Kemper Arena is significant to the economic development of Kansas City, and the revival of the West Bottoms,” said Councilman Ed Ford. “The redevelopment of Kemper Arena offers an exciting opportunity for developers who are looking to become a part of Kansas City’s growth.”
The City’s request for proposal sets a formalized process for the submission and evaluation of plans for the redevelopment of Kemper Arena. The Kemper Arena redevelopment site incorporates 10 +/- acres of land generally bounded by American Royal Drive and West 17th Street to the north, the Kemper Arena grounds surface parking lot to the east, American Royal Court to the south and American Royal Drive to the west. It is located within the Greater Downtown Area Plan (GDAP) planning area and the West Bottoms Planned Industrial Expansion Area (PIEA) and is immediately adjacent to the American Royal Complex, a facility used by the American Royal Association for horse, cattle, and agricultural related shows, rodeos and events.
About Kemper Arena:
Constructed in 1974, Kemper Arena once served as Kansas City’s primary multi-purpose indoor event space and has been home to the Kansas City King’s NBA team and the Kansas City Scouts NHL team. When it was constructed, the arena offered an impressive 17,500 seat indoor multi-purpose space. The arena was expanded in 1997 to add an enclosed east lobby, upgraded lower-level seating, four additional restrooms, a handicapped accessible entrance to the arena and 2,000 additional seats, bringing its total capacity to 19,500 seats.
Request for Proposal Timeline
Proposers shall submit Proposals to the City using the RFP365 portal by no later than 11:59 PM (CT) on August, 21 2015. A site inspection for Kemper Arena will be available to all interested parties at 9 a.m. on June 17. The deadline for questions will be June 26; questions will receive a response by July 10. Additional information regarding the RFP process can be found online.
The City will conduct a selection process evaluating both the developer’s qualifications and project proposal. Upon receipt of the proposals, City staff will review each proposal to determine consistency with the submission criteria. Upon completion, the City shall present each compliant proposal to the Selection Committee along with a recommendation as to its further consideration. This process is designed to assist in the selection of the most qualified developer(s) with the capacity to plan, finance and implement the preferred project(s), and then to move forward with interviews, and developer selection.
General questions or issues about any aspect of this RFP should be directed to:
Jeffrey Williams, AICP
City Planning and Development
City Hall, 15th Floor
Media inquiries should be directed to City Communications Director, Chris Hernandez, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-513-3474.