Kansas City seeks to take major step in streetcar development

April 17, 2012 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Judicial hearing will rule on creation of TDD to fund line

Wednesday 10 a.m. (pool camera)

(Kansas City, Missouri) — Kansas City will host Mr. Bradley Tong, a developer with first-hand experience in the positive economic impact streetcars have had on private development in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento and Atlanta. Mr. Tong is a Principal in Sheils Obletz Johnsen, Inc., a nationally-known project management and development firm. The private company specializes in transit-oriented mixed use developments.  Mr. Tong has overseen developments ranging from $5 million to $1 billion in capital outlays.

Mr. Tong has overseen projects that range in type from commercial to retail, residential to educational, and civic to sports amenities in cities throughout North America. He is being called to speak to the direct impact on businesses surrounding streetcar projects.

The testimony of Mr. Tong will take place during the Transportation Development District (TDD) hearing at Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri in Judge Atwell’s Courtroom, Division 10, 8th Floor.

The Court has allowed pool camera coverage of the hearing.

Thursday 12:30 p.m. (Open press availability)

On Thursday, April 19, Mr. Tong will be joined by developer and educator Christopher Leinberger, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Michigan. The experts will answer question from the media along with Mayor James and Councilman Johnson prior to their testimony to the City Council’s Business Session.

The press availability will begin at 12:30 p.m., on the 10th floor of City Hall. Mr. Tong and Mr. Leinberger will then proceed to answer questions from the City Council on their experiences with streetcar development and its economic and civic impact. Testimony in front of Business Session will be open to cameras.


Contact: Danny Rotert: 816-513-6581 or cell: 816-547-6418