As you would expect, the Government Services Administration dotted all its i’s and crossed all its t’s before it made the controversial move of announcing that it had decided to move the regional Environmental Protection Agency headquarters from downtown KCK to lifeless and languid Lenexa.
That much became clear with Monday’s announcement that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had rejected an appeal by the current EPA landlord that the GSA’s decision was incorrect.
Lenexa…I can hardly imagine a worse place to live, work or visit.
I know a woman who lives there, and she has no concept of what urban living is like and seldom leaves the suburbs. She might as well be living outside Lawrence…Also, she can’t get any dates, even though she’s a Merengue instructor.
I know another woman who lives there — might be gone now — and after she got divorced, she couldn’t get any dates, either.
I know another woman who lives there, and she’s across the street from a cemetery. Must be great fun on Halloween. (She doesn’t need any dates; she’s elderly and has a nice husband.)
By the way, the second woman — the divorcee — I actually dated her (as well as her sister)…before she got married and moved to Lenexa. And the Merengue instructor…I would consider dating her, if I wasn’t married and if she didn’t live in Lenexa. (Neither qualification appears likely to go away.)
Oh, and another thing. There’s a cop out there, a guy named Michael Bussell, who’s the biggest law enforcement jerk I’ve ever run across.
Here’s the story on him, briefly: In the course of writing a blog about Zach Myers, the 16-year-old Lenexa youth who was killed in an auto crash in Olathe last year, I called Zach’s parents and interviewed them. They later regretted having talked to me, so they called the Lenexa cops. Officer Bussell called me and told me that if I attempted to contact the Myers family again, I could be charged with harassment.
As I continued my reporting on the case, I ran into a young man who also had had a run-in with Bussell. At my mention of Bussell’s name, the young man shook his head and said, “What a dick.”
So, as you can see, I don’t particularly care for Lenexa. What a backwater.
Where was I? Oh, yeah, the GAO has ruled in favor of the GSA, and the EPA will probably be moving to the former Applebee’s world headquarters building at 112th Street and Renner Road next summer.
KCK still has one last chance, however. Recently, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., filed a lawsuit alleging that the proposal of UrbanAmerica, the EPA’s current landlord, was superior to that of the company that owns the Lenexa building. I don’t expect the UG to win that one, but it could delay the EPA’s move for months.
So, I thought you’d like to see what the new building looks like…Here it is, then, in all its glory.
I’d like to show you what’s around it but, unfortunately, there’s nothing to photograph.
Good luck, EPA!