City, Chamber Hold Informational Meeting With TIF District Owners
The City of Manhattan and the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce held
a meeting Tuesday night to give property owners in the two TIF
Districts information about the project. About sixty people attended the meeting at the Fire Station.
City Manager Ron Fehr presented on overhead slide presentation to start the meeting and then answered questions.
When asked if Target had made a firm commitment to Manhattan. Fehr said
he had a letter written to First National Development President
Peter Delaportas. The letter (received by the Free Press Wednesday) states: "The purpose of this letter is to express our interest in working
with First National Development to secure a location for a Target store near the existing mall in Manhattan, Kansas. Target's approval of
course, is conditioned upon mutually agreeable site plan and economic proposal." It was signed by Joan Ahrens, Regional Real Estate
Manager, Target Corporation.
In response to a question about the School District property being in
the East side TIF District, Fehr said that he did not know but it could
because it was easier to draw the lines to follow Levy Drive which is on the north of the school property.