KC City Council approves sale of Bannister Mall Complex for new Cerner development

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Excitement is at an all-time high in the southeast Kansas City neighborhood where Cerner is proposing to build its new multimillion dollar office complex.

Kansas City City Council approved the sale of the Bannister Mall Complex for the new development in a 10-1 vote.

Carol White lives near the old Bannister Mall and is thrilled that Cerner will be giving the neighborhood a facelift.

"I think it's a good thing because that big empty lot is an eyesore, and developing it will be good," White said.

Mark Davidson is a contractor who works for the company that maintains the land where Banister Mall stood.

"I think it's great; this area in town needs a shot in the arm and I don't see anybody doing anything better than Cerner," Davidson said.

Cerner is promising 17,000 new jobs with the new complex. That's great news to Keithshon Jefferson who lives near the planned Cerner complex.

"More jobs, more employment, more poverty disappearing because they'll have jobs," Jefferson said.

Kansas City City Council woman, Cindy Circo is pleased that Cerner will be investing $10 million in the neighboring community. $2 million will be used for improving neighborhood housing and $8 million will be invested in area schools for math and science programs.

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