Kansas City, Mo – If you have recently stepped foot inside the Kansas City Convention Center, you may have noticed some unsightly problems.
Matt Cunningham, assistant general manager of the convention center, said the carpet in the lobby is 15 years old.
“If they get frayed, our spills can’t be cleaned, they stay there until we replace this carpet,” he said.
Apart from the carpets, the bathroom facilities also need to be upgraded. They have not been renovated in over 30 years and do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The convention center and Kansas City Music Hall are also due for major technology and network upgrades.
Inside the Music Hall, part of the ceiling is even shiny due to water damage from the bathroom.
“Fortunately, so far we haven’t had a lot of people turn away because of the condition of the convention center, but I think we’re on the cusp of that,” Cunningham said.
That’s why Mayor Quinton Lucas said it’s a priority to make sure both facilities are in tip-top shape.
“I think you will see the need for improvements, both here in the Municipal Auditorium, the Music Hall, but also throughout the city,” Lucas said. “And that’s why we have that bond question.”
Kansas City’s question 1 on November 8 is to allocate $45 million in bonds toward renovating the Kansas City Convention Center and Music Hall.
It will also provide $80 million to the Parks and Recreation Department for maintenance projects such as pool reopenings, community center upgrades and more.
“This is a no-tax-increase bond election, and so there is no specific impact on who pays their tax bill,” said Lucas.
“On the contrary, this is something that we really see that we have an opportunity on the balance sheet of our city to propose this important issue so that we can overcome the delayed maintenance.”
This is one of three Kansas City ballot measures voters will see this November.
Another question will ask voters if Kansas City should issue up to $50 million in bonds to the Housing Trust Fund, creating affordable housing in neighborhoods that need it.
This $50 million will be Kansas City’s largest investment in affordable housing ever made, according to the city.
Finally, Kansas City residents will vote if the city should remove two tracts of land in Northland from the park system to realign the property for the proposed Tiffany Springs Parkway.
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