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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Commissioners appoint member to negotiate economic development

  • The Pottawatomie Board of County Commissioners took no action to discuss an agenda item Monday relating to development of a $20 million anchored shopping district in the city of Shawnee.
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    The Pottawatomie Board of County Commissioners took no action to discuss an agenda item Monday relating to development of a $20 million anchored shopping district in the city of Shawnee.
    But Commissioners Randy Thomas and Eddie Stackhouse did appoint Commissioner Melissa Dennis, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, to be the one from that board to participate in any economic development negotiations with Hunt Properties, Inc.
    The Dallas, Texas-based retail developer is working to bring the “Shawnee Marketplace” to the area of Interstate 40 and Kickapoo, and if all goes forward as planned, new stores could open by the end of 2014.
    Hunt Properties, Inc., is looking to develop two phases, with Phase 1 calling for 100,000 square feet of retail space with four to six retailers on 20 acres.
    With this project three years in the making, Hunt Properties is now seeking incentives from the city of Shawnee and Pottawatomie County to make the project feasible, confirmed Jeff Williams, president of Hunt Properties.
    The county commission had tabled discussion on this issue a week earlier since that first agenda item wasn’t quite clear.
    Monday’s agenda item called for negotiating a proposal for tax incentives on an economic development project with Hunt Properties.
    Tim Burg, who is the director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, said this project is a "big deal," for this area. It would be the second biggest development in Pottawatomie County history — second only to Shawnee Mall.
    Watch for updates.
     
     
     
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