By: E&P Staff
The Kansas City Star reports today that its glass-enclosed production plant, built in a blighted area of downtown targeted for redevelopment, has been among many businesses in the district vandalized by broken windows, with 30 police reports in the past six months and many more instances believed to have gone unreported.
Star Security Manager Eric Patton told reporter Amber Ellis that since their installation 10 months ago, 46 windows in the newspaper’s new, $199 million plant (E&P, Nov. 10, 2003) were broken, each costing as much as $4,000 to replace.
Most of the area’s incidents occurred at night and appeared to be random. Several downtown businesses and the city’s health department were hit more than once, according to the Star. In one case, windows were shot out.
Downtown Community Improvement District statistics showed that miscellaneous crime had decreased 10%, with no broken windows reported in the last year.
District Executive Director Sean O’Byrne said he was surprised to learn of the number of incidents. He told the Star, “When you have an increase in economic activity, you’re going to have an increase in ancillary-related incidents.”
The district will beef up it security, according to the Star.