EPA signs agreement to relocate from KCK to Lenexa

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - The Environmental Protection Agency currently housed in downtown Kansas City, Kansas plans to relocate to Lenexa, officials said Monday.

The EPA, which has been at the downtown building at Fifth and Minnesota since 1999, will move to the former Applebee's building at 11201 Renner Road in Lenexa.

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No new incentives were offered to the EPA from the City of Lenexa. Instead, the incentives the city originally offered to Applebee's were transferable to the next entity.

A spokesman with the General Services Administration says employees will move throughout the next year.

Terms of the move weren't immediately disclosed.

Unified Government officials held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the announcement. Mayor Joe Reardon said he will file a protest that that may hold up the lease.

Reardon also said GSA rejected several offers from the city and has not held any serious discussions for more than five months. He said GSA is violating its own guidelines which calls for buildings to be located in the urban core.

"The EPA regional headquarters has been instrumental in our urban revitalization efforts," Reardon said." The EPA and GSA made a commitment to the urban core in an effort to anchor renewed economic development in an area that had seen decades of decline. This effort was lead by Senator Bob Dole, who recognized that a federal presence in downtown KCK could help the city achieve an economic turnaround. We have made great progress and the EPA remaining in our downtown is important to our business community and neighborhoods going forward."

Local leaders had been attempting to put together an incentives package to keep the EPA from moving from KCK.

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