By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Globe Staff Writer
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
Pittsburg City Commissioners this week agreed to spend $250,000 to expand sewer services to help develop the future Meadowbrook Mall West project.
Located west of Meadowbrook Mall and the Meadowbrook Annex, it is the next phase in the mall’s development. The property has been idle since the demolition of a liquor store there many years ago.
Public Works Director Bill Beasley said the property — one mile from Via Christi Hospital and medical offices and one-half mile from Pittsburg State University — has high visibility and steady traffic. It also is near the U.S. Highway 69 Bypass.
The city has committed to an overhaul of the nearby intersection of Centennial Avenue and Broadway, including realignment of the lanes, improved traffic lights, improved drainage and more in conjunction with funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation, but work has not started on that yet.
A primary hurdle associated with developing the site is its need for improved water and sewer, Beasley noted in his request to the Commission during a meeting Tuesday night.
The city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee weighed the costs of expanding sewer and water lines to the site against the potential benefits of having one or more retailers move into the development, Beasley said, and voted unanimously to recommend the investment by the city.
The $250,000 will be used from the city’s revolving loan fund to pay for a sanitary sewer. The area is platted, Beasley said, to accommodate a “big anchor store” on the main lot, which faces South Broadway, and retail space or restaurants in two secondary lots along Centennial Avenue.
Economic Development Director Blake Benson said there is interest in the property from prospective tenants.
“There’s always someone that is interested in that property; there is someone who is interested now. They are not ready for any sort of announcement yet,” Benson said.
Beasley said there could be other city costs associated with the project in the future, but they are not yet known at this time.