JOPLIN, MO.--- The Hope Valley Project will be located behind Cracker Barrell near the I-44 and Range Line intersection. The spokesperson of the project, Doug Hunt, says the project will redesign 24 acres of land into a new ecohabitat. Hunt says by redesigning this land, it could open up 132 acres of commercial property development for the city. The project will be funded by a TIF and the city will not be asking for funds from the public. Hunt says the project will be a commercial and environmental development that comes together at the same time.
"We're talking about completely redesigning 24 acres of environmentally challenged areas that will be two miles worth of walking trails, 18 water ripples and pools. A water fall, as well as pools and lakes. So it will be a complete transformation of that area for what it is now," said Doug Hunt, Owner Doug Hunt Consulting.
The council also approved the cooperative agreement between Northpark Mall, Northpark Lane Community Improvement District, and the City of Joplin. This is a 1% sales tax that will pay for a $10 million improvement for a new parking lot, lightning, and a walking trail with Missouri Southern. The tax would only apply to stores in Northpark Mall, with the exception of Women's Macy's and the site previously used by Joplin High School.
The future of Memorial Hall was also discussed. The Joplin School District will not be renewing their lease and will be out by July 31st. The Parks and Recreation Department says it would cost more than $1.2 million to fix up Memorial Hall and around $4.5 million to tear it down.
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