By Kevin Collison, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 22--Kansas City and UMB Bank are headed to court after the collapse of several months of negotiations to acquire key properties needed for the planned downtown arena.
City Manager Wayne Cauthen said the city was forced to file a condemnation lawsuit against UMB to remain on schedule for constructing the 18,500- to 20,000-seat Sprint Center. The planned $250 million arena is scheduled to open in spring 2007.
"We would like to continue discussions with UMB on how we can reach an equitable deal," Cauthen said. "However, based on our schedule and what we need to do, we are going to use condemnation to stay on schedule."
The lawsuit was filed late Thursday in Jackson …