NNSA moves forward on transition process at the Bannister Federal Complex

06 Apr 2012 11:37 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that the federal agency is working with a small group of interested companies to further develop their approaches in support of potential reuse opportunities for the Bannister Federal Complex in south Kansas City.

“We’re very excited about the level of interest we’ve had so far, and we look forward to future conversations with these companies about options for transferring the property to benefit our community,” said Mark Holecek, site manager for the NNSA’s Kansas City Site Office.

In October 2011, the NNSA issued a Notice of Availability for the transfer, sale, or lease of its property at the Bannister Federal Complex. As a result, the NNSA received a substantial response from various companies, which included redevelopment plans that extended beyond the bounds of the NNSA property to include the GSA property. The current proposals include plans for the entire Complex, including NNSA’s portion and the portion owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

“We will continue to work diligently to ensure our portion of Bannister is available for reuse or redevelopment,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “We look forward to helping with a process that will meet the dual needs of our community –environmental sustainability and help bring future economic benefits to the surrounding south Kansas City community.”

NNSA, with GSA as a cooperating agency, is currently working on a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study, which is analyzing multiple disposition plans related to the Bannister Federal Complex. Under NEPA, the study will consider the impact of each proposed federal action on the quality of the human environment. As part of this regulatory process, a Record of Decision must be made before making any other decisions about the future of the property. A Record of Decision is expected in December 2012. Completion of the study is part of a larger effort to work effectively with the Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to ensure that the consideration of environmental issues is an integral part of planning.

Consistent with the NEPA process, NNSA will work with the small group of companies to further develop their approaches in support of potential reuse opportunities. This approach allows conceptual design and feasibility studies to be performed while not limiting the choice of reasonable alternatives available to the agency.

NNSA’s Kansas City Plant is moving to a newly constructed industrial complex about eight miles south of the current Kansas City Plant beginning in January 2013. Earlier this year, GSA announced its plans to vacate the property by the end of 2014, but they haven’t identified a future location for its employees.

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