The residents of Kansas City are without sympathy for the West Edge development (10/9, Business, “Agency: Developer fails to reach goals; The TIF Commission finds West Edge project didn’t have enough minority participation”).
From the beginning it has been a project of greed when it displaced the residents of that block, who were not living in blight. Now construction, which was supposed to be completed in spring 2008, will be delayed at least until spring 2009.
Meanwhile everyone who drives the northbound thoroughfare has had to suffer the closed lanes of traffic. The construction a few blocks north has even compounded the problem.
The city should impose a nuisance fee on projects that interfere with traffic.
Larry A. Vaughn