NNSA and CenterPoint Properties Take Next Step toward Transfer of the Bannister Federal Complex

12 Nov 2014 1:30 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that CenterPoint Properties Trust has begun conducting an extensive site analysis and environmental review to facilitate the disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex.

“This is a significant next step in fulfilling the disposition policy set forth in NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz’s recent report to Congress,” said Mark Holecek, NNSA Kansas City Field Office Manager. “The public-private partnership with CenterPoint is the most efficient and effective path forward as we work together to redevelop the Bannister Federal Complex in an environmentally responsible manner and return it to productive use for the citizens of Kansas City.”

This work represents the next milestone in a multi-phase process that NNSA initiated in 2011. In 2012, NNSA selected CenterPoint Properties as the preferred planning partner following CenterPoint’s response to the DOE/NNSA Notice of Availability. This next phase, which will last about 18 months, includes performing a site assessment and developing a plan for demolishing obsolete facilities and environmentally restoring the property.

CenterPoint has previously conducted a number of successful large-scale “brownfield” redevelopment projects, including the former Reynolds Aluminum Plant in McCook, Ill., the Joliet Army Arsenal in Elwood, Ill., and the Richards-Gebaur Air Base in Kansas City, Mo.

For more than 70 years, the 300-acre Bannister Federal Complex, located in South Kansas City, has been a major employer and served the nation in support of national security and business administrative services. The two federal owners at the Bannister Federal Complex are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees are relocating to downtown offices in early 2015.

"This is an important step in moving forward with the redevelopment of the Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees remain focused on our relocation, and vacating any remaining Bannister tenants, to ensure the Complex is in the best possible position for redevelopment."

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