Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2000

Oz contracts will be available for public review

June 15, 2000

After nearly two years of negotiations, contracts governing the transfer of the Sunflower Ammunition Plant to Oz Entertainment Company will be made public Friday, Blaine Hastings of the federal General Services Administration said.

Oz officials and the GSA have been negotiating a deal to transfer the land to Oz in exchange for a commitment by the entertainment company to rid the land of solid waste contaminants. Oz officials plan to build The Wonderful World of Oz, a $761 million dollar theme park and resort, on the land.

Hastings said copies of the contract would be in public libraries by Friday. Government officials will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today, June 15, to announce the development.

"We'll have a brief news release Thursday and people will be able to go over the contracts for themselves at the libraries on Friday. We'll be limited as to what we can do on Thursday because the contracts are several hundred pages long," Hastings said.

Among the documents being released will be the consent agreement between Oz and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The agreement outlines what must be done to rid the land of contaminants left from the production of ammunition during World War II.

A more in-depth meeting will be scheduled after the public has had a chance to review the document, he said.

The documents also will be available on the GSA's Web site at www.propertydisposal.gsa.gov/property/.

Hastings said he hopes to have it all on the Web site by Friday.

"We've been having some technical problems, but our goal is to have as much of it as we can on there by then," he said.

Anticipating the release of the documents, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners tentatively scheduled to meet with Oz officials July 24 for a work session. The commissioners must approve the development plan before the project can move forward.

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