County, citizen groups to discuss potential EPA move
A group of area ministers and community leaders are rallying together in support of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.’s efforts to keep the Environmental Protection Agency Regional 7 Headquarters in downtown Kansas City, Kan.
A coalition of pastors, community leaders, and concerned citizens have organized the meeting and invited Mayor/CEO to be a guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 340 David L. Gray Drive. The church is located at the intersection of 4th and Oakland streets in Kansas City, Kan., one block east of 5th Street and Washington Avenue.
Reardon sent a correspondence to the White House in April requesting a review of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) decision to move the EPA to the suburbs of Lenexa. At the same time, UrbanAmerica Advisors LLC, the owner of the current EPA building, filed a formal protest with the GSA.
Reardon and the Unified Government have stated that it is important for the EPA to remain in its current location because:
• Presidential Executive orders over the years have directed that Federal offices be located in the urban core as part of an overall strategy to renew inner city downtowns.
• The new building will have to be remodeled to accommodate the EPA.
• Moving will abandon a building that was designed and built to EPA specifications just some 10 years ago.
The public is invited to attend the mass meeting.