October 22, 2020
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) delivers remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bannister Federal Complex redevelopment project in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after participating remotely in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bannister Federal Complex redevelopment project in Kansas City, Mo.:
“The start of new construction at the former Bannister Federal Complex is an exciting milestone years in the making,” said Blunt. “This project is transforming a historic site into a modernized manufacturing and distribution hub, which will support new permanent jobs and encourage additional economic development in the Kansas City region. I appreciate the great work Bannister Transformation & Development, and all of their dedicated employees, have done to reach this point. I was proud to support this project and I will continue working with local, state, and federal officials as the redevelopment moves forward.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt has led efforts in Congress to secure federal support for the redevelopment project. Blunt worked to include $200 million in the FY2017 funding bill for the Bannister Road Disposition, the final appropriation needed to allow the site to move forward on transfer, demolition, and remediation. In 2013, Congress passed and the president signed into law Blunt’s amendment that cleared the way for the redevelopment process. Blunt visited the site in 2019 and 2018 to receive updates on the project.
On July 4th, 1942, Senator Harry S. Truman broke ground on the Pratt and Whitney Plant, a manufacturing site for aircraft engines during World War II. The site later became the Bannister Federal Complex, which supported U.S. national security efforts for more than 70 years. The project to restore the historic site to a productive part of the Kansas City region was a collaborative effort between federal and state agencies and private development.