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Developer under federal investigation conditionally approved for $1.2 million in KC tax money

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Developer under federal investigation conditionally approved for $1.2 million in KC tax money
Developer under federal investigation conditionally approved for $1.2 million in KC tax money

More than $1.2 million of Kansas City tax money has been conditionally approved for a local developer currently under federal investigation.

MORE THAN A MILLIODOLLARS OF KANSAS CITYTAX MONEY HAS BEENAPPROVED FOR A LOCALDEVELOPER CURRENTLYUNDER FEDERALINVESTIGATION.THE PROPOSAL ISN'TQUITE A DONE DEAL YET.BUT AS 41 ACTION NEWSINVESTIGATOR ANDYALCOCK SHOWS US, IT'SCLOSE.IT'S CALLED THE "CASTLEBUILDING"...BUT IT'SHARDLY FIT FOR ROYALTY.VACANT FOR NEARLY 50YEARS, THE BUILDING ATABOUT 20TH AND VINEJUST SOUTH OF THEHISTORIC 18TH AND VINEDISTRICT, WAS ONCE AJAIL WORKHOUSE... NOWIT'S COVERED WITHGRAFFITI.DAN EDWARDS/DEVELOPER"TYPICALLY, DEVELOPERSOVER IN THISNEIGHBORHOOD,PROJECTS TAKE A LONGTIME AND THE NUMBERSJUST NEVER REALLY WORKOUT."DAN EDWARDS KNOWSFIRST HAND.FIVE YEARS AGO, thedeveloper WAS WORKINGON A PLAN TO MAKE THECASTLE BUILDING INTO ACOMMUNITY RECREATIONCENTER.HE WAS SO FIRED UPABOUT IT, HE TURNED THETRASH FILLED NUISANCEINTO AN OUTDOORWEDDING SPACE WHEREHE MARRIED HIS WIFE.WHILE HIS WEDDING SURELOOKED REGAL, HISCASTLE BUILDINGCOMMUNITY CENTERPLANS DIDN'T WORK OUT.EDWARDS"WHAT HAPPENED?

YA SO ITHINK THAT I MEANPOLITICS TOOK OVER, ALOT OF PERSONALITIES."EDWARDS RECENTLYWENT TO A "PLAN B",BUYING THIS FORMERDAYCARE BUILDING TOTURN INTO AN ARTSCENTER.AS FOR THE CASTLEBUILDING, the owner of thePROPERTY -- VEWISERDIXON -- HAS nowPARTNERED WITH ADEVELOPER CALLEDURBAN AMERICA ON ANEARLY $22-MILLIONDOLLAR PROPOSAL.THE IDEA IS TO BUILD 36COTTAGE STYLE HOMESTHERE AND TRANSFORMTHE CASTLE INTO ANADMINISTRATION BUILDING.EDWARDS"SO FAR, EVERYTHINGLOOKS LIKE IT'S ON THE UPAND UP.

VEWISER KNOWS IMEAN WE'RE THERE TOHELP HIMHOWEVER, AS THE 41ACTION NEWSINVESTIGATORS FIRSTREPORTED IN SEPTEMBER,DIXON IS AT THE CENTEROF AN ONGOING FEDERALA FORMER BLACKECONOMIC UNION -- ORBEU -- BOARD CHAIRMANCLAIMS DIXON ANDOTHERS FUNNELED TENSOF THOUSANDS OFDOLLARS OF THAT NON-PROFIT HOUSINGDEVELOPMENT GROUP'SFUNDS FOR THEIR OWNPERSONAL USE.DIXON DENIES THOSECLAIMS"LET'S GET AN UPDATE ONROUND ONE."THAT FEDERALINVESTIGATION INVOLVINGDIXON WASN'T PUBLICLYKNOWN WHEN THIS PASTJULY, THE CENTRAL CITYECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTSALES TAX BOARDRECOMMENDED MORETHAN ONE-MILLIONDOLLARSOF SALES TAX MONEY BESPENT TO HELP FINANCEDIXON'S CASTLE BUILDINGPROJECT.MELISSA PATTERSON-HAZLEY/CENTRAL CITY TAXBOARD CHAIR"IF YOU FOLKS HADKNOWN THAT AT THE TIME,DO YOU THINK THATWOULD'VE AFFECTEDWHETHER OR NOT YOUHAD APPROVED THATPROJECT?

WELL WHAT IWILL SAY IS THAT WEWOULD DEFINITELY BEOPEN TO DISCUSSINGWHAT IS APPROPRIATE TODO IN THAT SITUATION."ONE WEEK BEFORE OURSTORY ON THE BEUFEDERAL INVESTIGATIONINVOLVING DIXON AIRED,THE CITY COUNCILAPPROVED THE TAXBOARD'S MONEYRECOMMENDATION FORDIXON'S CASTLE BUILDINGPROJECT.BRANDON ELLINGTON, ACOUNCILMAN FOR THATDISTRICT, DOES NOTSUPPORT THE PLAN.BRANDON ELLINGTON/3RDDISTRICT COUNCILMAN"DO YOU THINK IF YOURCOLLEAGUES HAD KNOWNWHO WAS INVOLVED INTHIS PROJECT THAT THEYWOULD'VE VOTED TOAPPROVE IT?

I DON'TKNOW THAT ONTHAT'S A GOOD ONE.

IDON'T KNOW THEANSWER."Andy Alcock / Reporting"IN ADDITION TO THE TAXBOARD AND COUNCILAPPROVAL, DIXON AND HISTEAM MUST NEGOTIATE AFUNDING AGREEMENTWITH THE CITY MANAGERIN ORDER TO GET THEMORE THAN $1-POINT-2MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXMONEY.A DECISION ON A POSSIBAGREEMENT IS PENDING.AT THE CASTLE BUILDING,I'M INVESTIGATOR ANDYALCOCK, 41 ACTION NEWS.MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSWERE MADE TO CONTACTURBAN AMERICA FORCOMMENT.BUT THERE WAS NORESP

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