KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A misunderstanding — and the rumors it generated — have injected a new level of controversy into the proposed re-purposing of an abandoned Kansas City school.
The local developer who’s working on Walmart’s behalf says if Walmart does build a Walmart Neighborhood Market at 7618 Wyandotte, on the old Bingham Middle School property, it will definitely be part of the Community Improvement District (C.I.D.), paying the same dues and extra half cent sales tax as all the other C.I.D. members.
“Anybody that buys a piece of property within the boundaries of the C.I.D. are bound by the requirements of the C.I.D.” Ravin Graham from the Waldo Business Association explained.
The C.I.D. has been in place since 2009, and it funds the Waldo Wizards, who pick up trash, and the Waldo Roadrunners who patrol the area on bikes, and marketing efforts.
So now the big question, will the deal even happen? Toward the end of 2012, it was announced a pending deal with Hen House fell through, so the Walmart Neighborhood Market, which mainly sells groceries, is being considered.
“We need to determine is this the right proposal. If so, then we move forward, and if it’s not, then we have to go back and determine, you know, can we find another proposal that will work?” said Shannon Jaax, Director of Repurposing for the Kansas City, Missouri School District.
The kansas City School District has asked Walmart to work on some concerns like hours of operation and traffic related issues. After that, the district will take those clarifications back to the Waldo community.
There is no deadline for the deal, but the school district would rather not drag out the process. The School Board will have to approve the deal in the end, but they say they’d like the community to be happy with the deal, and right now, community members seem to be split.
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