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Royals Rumblings - News for January 9, 2024

The Royals inch closer to downtown.

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The Jackson County Legislature passed a measure that will put an extension of the 3/8 cent sales tax for a new baseball stadium before voters in April.

County legislators voted 8-1 on Monday on ballot language for a new 3/8th-cent sales tax to replace the current one that expires in September 2031, eight months after the county’s leases with the Royals and Chiefs at the Truman Sports Complex are set to expire.

They did so contrary to the advice of County Executive Frank White, who asked for four more days to get more concessions from the teams for the county in the deal.

Neither team has signed leases with the county, and several issues remain unresolved, including the precise location of where the new baseball park would be built.

Anne Rogers has more.

However, neither team has signed a new lease with the county, which has been a sticking point for White, who could veto the ordinance as county executive. And the Royals have not indicated the precise location of where the new ballpark would be built. They have explored an East Village location and a South Loop location, where the former Kansas City Star printing press building still stands on McGee Street, sandwiched between the Crossroads District and the Power and Light District.

The Kansas City Business Journal reports the printing press location is now the favorite.

The team’s East Village renderings called for a stadium and multi-block ballpark district across 27 acres, largely composed of surface parking and lots where vacant buildings were demolished last spring. By contrast, the ex-Star property sits on just 4.7 acres, meaning at least some occupied commercial buildings in its vicinity would need to be acquired and torn down for a stadium, as well as the former printing press building....

Infrastructure could prove cheaper in the East Crossroads, should a stadium make use of utilities already there versus significant upgrades or installations that the East Village may require. Unique expenses, however, could include capping two blocks atop Interstate 670 north of the old printing pavilion, beyond the four blocks currently contemplated in the South Loop Link project.

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