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Kansas City pulls plug on Power & Light District

October 15, 2000

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— It's lights out for the Kansas City Power and Light District.

The city council voted 9-0 Thursday to end the five-year effort to revitalize the southern part of the downtown loop with a $628 million district that included offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, theaters, apartments and parking garages.

The project was originally sponsored by AMC Entertainment Inc., which was headed by the late Kansas City movie executive Stan Durwood.

The council's action came after city leaders and another developer, Regent Partners Inc., could not agree on payment of the initial construction phase of the project.

"I think we have gone as far ahead as we can go," Mayor Kay Barnes said. "We need to be looking at a new approach for downtown."

Barnes announced a new plan for the area that emphasized housing. Details on that proposal will be released at a news conference on Nov. 16.

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