A new commercial development is coming to Shawnee.
On Monday, the Pottawatomie County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a contribution of up to $750,000 in development incentives toward the Domino Plaza project on Harrison Street between 45th and Interstate 40.
Elmer Smith Oil Company, owner of the Domino Express gas station being built on Kickapoo Spur, has plans for a second station to be constructed at the northeast corner of Harrison and 45th Street — only it intends to bring several more businesses with it.
The proposed Domino Plaza Addition project would place five commercial developments along the east side of Harrison Street in the strip between 45th Street and Bruton Drive, starting with the Domino Express gas station on the northeast corner of 45th — just across the street from Sonic Drive-In.
According to the signed contract with Pottawatomie County, the county will place up to $750,000 in an escrow account to be distributed in four quarterly phases as the work is completed, prorated as a percentage of the site work performed. Commissioner Melissa Dennis said the county's contract for this project is similar to the contract they signed when the county assisted with the Shawnee Marketplace project at Interstate 40 and Kickapoo.
Last week, the city of Shawnee voted to assist the same project with up to $785,000.
With the initial $4.5 million project, County Commissioner Randy Thomas said the county's contribution is a good deal.
The project includes space for two hotels, and up to four restaurants are slated for the remaining lots, though no specific businesses are being named at this time.
Three common areas will be included on the nearly 15 acres, where detention ponds and a 1.17-acre dog park — privately maintained, but for public-use — would be, as well as walking trails, lighting, landscaping, benches, picnic area, a footbridge, and small and large breed dog partitions.
Because the proposed development will undoubtedly increase traffic and congestion along Harrison north of 45th St., the city of Shawnee also has commissioned Traffic Engineering Consultants (TEC) to conduct a traffic impact study and have recommended that the development would at least need to include an additional westbound lane along 45th Street and an additional signalized intersection on Harrison.
In other commission business:
The board approved the retirement of Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office badge No. 17 in honor of longtime deputy Gary Thomas, who recently passed away. Thomas worked for the sheriff's office for more than 30 years as a deputy and at one point in his career was the undersheriff.
The board unanimously approved the transfer of up to $27,500 from a temporary housing pledge from the county to instead pay an architect to determine a new venue for One Safe Place Family Justice Center. District Attorney Richard Smothermon, in addressing commissioners, urged the need to move forward and said this will help them determine how much land or space will be needed.
The board unanimously approved a purchase order for Grove School for the following items: 3 Apple TVs at $199 each, 3 Samsung 60' TVs at $699 each and a blanket for Summit Truck for bus repairs at $4,500. Commissioners must approve purchases for funds being used through the county's education sales tax.
Reporter Vicky Misa contributed to this report.
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