Sunflower Redevelopment on Hold Again

Sunflower Redevelopment LLC will suspend operations at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant by this summer due to the mounting cost of environmental cleanup, the latest setback in a 14-year saga filled with difficulties.

Last week, the project’s citizens advisory board learned that the Army would not commit to spending an additional $100 million on cleanup, after previously spending $109 million to remove arsenic, lead, mercury and other contaminants from the soil of the plant located on the outskirts of De Soto, Kan., reports the Kansas City Star.

The cost of cleanup is far exceeding original estimates as significantly more contamination was found than expected; also, regulators expanded the scope of the effort to cover more buildings than initially planned, according to the Star. The development team, a joint venture of International Risk Group and Kessinger/Hunter, planned to create a mixed-use, sustainable community for 25,000 residents.

Dan Cohen
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