MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It is now confirmed what many have been talking about - developing the area near Hank Aaron Stadium.
"With some $200 million in sales expected yearly, some 1,200 permanent jobs, $25 million in construction jobs and payroll," said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.
With big news however, comes big questions. The city of Mobile and Mobile County are set to team up for the project with McGowin, LLC. The agreement is set to come up for a vote in just over a week. Jones could not confirm that the wholesale warehouse club Costco was one of the stores coming.
"I can tell you, this participation by us is contingent on a wholesale warehouse club that must be located in this development as well as 260,000 square feet of retail," said Jones.
Locals have been pulling for a Costco store, which rivals Sam's Club, for more than a year. Some residents created a petition on MoveOn.org, where citizens can sign the petition and add comments.
Back on the business side of things, City Attorney Larry Wettermark said the retailers will get a tax break, but under conditions.
"The city and the county aren't at risk because we've agreed to share newly created sales tax dollars. If they don't create the sales tax dollars, they get nothing in return," said Wettermark.
Mayor Jones said our population and the arrival of Airbus helped get the developer interested. Another rumor the mayor addressed is expanding roadways in the area.
"They're doing all the infrastructure, that's in there. The city isn't doing any so new streets, new drainage, all these things are part of their cost," Jones said.
Jones said the agreement vote is set for July 23 at the council meeting. He said once that agreement is made, more details can be released.
Along with a wholesale warehouse club, the developers have also looked into restaurants and hotels in the center.
FOX10 News will be at the meeting next week, and plan on continuing to ask questions about what's next for the development.
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