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KANSAS CITY, MO-A $5-million expansion and renovation at broadcaster KCPT TV will see the demoliton of a couple of blighted buildings next to the publictelevision station and bring it into the digital age.

The expansion will take the offices from 35,000 sf to nearly50,000 sf. It will be done in three phases, with theadministration and production phases to be completed by November of nextyear. The third and final phase, a parking lot, will be completed inspring of 2002.

The renovation and expansion is part of a capital campaign drive,according to Bonnie Rabicoff, director. “We are able to convert, expandand renovate with this capital campaign drive. And we areable to create an endowment for the production of local programming.”

Switching to digital broadcasting is an FCC mandate that must take placeby May of 2003. With this capability, KCPT will be able to send multiplesignals.

The expansion and renovation are being made possible by the capitalcampaign drive, assistance from the Tax Increment Financing Commission,the Missouri Development Finance Board and private donations.

Contractor J.E. Dunn Construction will build the project. Gastinger Walker Harden Architects created the design.

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