CenterPoint stands behind estimate of $175M to demolish Federal Bannister Complex
7:48 PM, Jan 9, 2014
12:24 PM, Jan 10, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - CenterPoint Properties spoke about the contaminated Bannister Federal Complex for the first time since they were awarded the bid to take over the property in December.
Senior Vice President of the real estate company, James Cross, stood by the bid of $175 million to demolish the site. In a meeting at the Trailside Center he said that's how much CenterPoint's team of scientists and engineers determined would take to get the site cleaned up.
The plant houses the General Services Administration and Honeywell, a company that makes parts for nuclear bombs. Now, workers are moving out and plans to destroy the buildings are underway but Michael Copeland, who worked at the complex for 32 years, wants to make sure it's done the right way.
Copeland explained that he wants, "[The government] to convince the people that you really did clean this place up and you're going to have to monitor it for years."
He watched as coworkers and family members battled illnesses like Sarcoidosis and various cancers.