Former Hardesty Federal Complex

A two-story brick building with covered windows.

Project overview

Together with our partners, we are appropriately addressing environmental contamination at the former federal complex on the southeast corner of Independence and Hardesty Avenues in Kansas City, Missouri. During World War II, the complex was a U.S. Army Depot that stored military supplies and chemically treated soldiers’ clothing.

Over time, chemicals — including fuel and Trichloroethylene [PDF - 871 KB], or TCE — leaked into the soil and groundwater. We have studied the affected areas for several years. We sold the property to Hardesty Renaissance Economic Development Corporation in 2011, but we agreed to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater at the site under a specific U.S. Environmental Protection Agency process [PDF - 275 KB].

Update on the cleanup process

We finished tearing down Building 6 at the end of 2021, and we saved about $115,000 in recycling. We need another $28.5 million to fund the remaining phases of the cleanup process.

When funding for the remaining phases is assured, we will adjust the timeline for cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater and switching to long-term monitoring.

To learn more or share feedback

Visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources page on the Hardesty Federal Complex. We want our information to be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities or with limited English proficiency. If you find difficulty accessing any of our information, please contact us to receive translated versions or request an alternative format. Email or call or text 816-223-6198.

Fact sheets

Vapor intrusion [PDF]
Trichloroethylene [PDF - 871 KB]
CERCLA Clean-Up Process [PDF - 275 KB]

Last Reviewed: 2023-02-06