City and developer closer to moving mall project forward

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 07:09 PM.

Public Works director Wayne Steele said he analyzed impact fees applicable to the project and recommended several that could be waived. Credit on the appraised value of a sewer line easement sought by the city could also be offered, he said.

City attorney Jerry Miller cautioned the council to refrain from comments that might be "prejudicial" toward the project because city leaders must meet in a quasi-judicial hearing to discuss and approve fee waivers.

At the presentation's conclusion, council members heeded Miller's advice, but thanked Holloway, Steele and members of the public for their advice and input.

"I appreciate the information that's been presented," Councilman Shannon Hayes said. "The citizens that I've spoken with have ... expressed great interest and hopefully we can work with this and make it happen."

Council President Robyn Helt thanked Watkins executive Bob Peck for traveling to Crestview to attend the workshop.

"We appreciate having you here even though it's just for a visit and hope it will be permanent," Helt said.

Addressing resident comments that have been made regarding the project, Helt reminded the public that the council has no authority to select which companies choose to open in the city.

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