A development deal is in the works that could bring a significant new big box
retailer to Brookings.
It involves the old state DOT property on Highway 14 near Whiskey Creek.
The city has long been hoping to acquire the property but the state's price
was too high.
Brookings Mayor Tim Reed says the state has now agreed to sell for
$1.6 million and out-of-state developers are interested in the property.
Reed says City Manager Jeff Weldon has been working with developers.
They came to the city with the possibility of bringing a retailer to town.
Reed says it is NOT Target and he wanted to make that clear. He says
it is good retailer and a "major apparel and home furnishings store."
Mayor Reed says the Council will vote Tuesday evening on the proposal
to purchase the DOT property. They'll also discuss the development deal.
He says the proposal involves paying the developers just under $100,000
to come up with a plan for the site and recruit the major retailer.
He says it woudl be up to the city to handle further retail recruitment for
Reed says they would also likley have to provide some incentives to
attract this retailer to town. He says there are still many details to discuss
and it begins at Tuesday night's meeting.
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