17 August 2000

Steel And Pipe To Anchor East Side Business Park TIF

By Jon A. Brake

Dennis Mullin, President of Steel and Pipe confirmed Wednesday that Steel and Pipe would be the anchor for the new East
Side Business TIF District.

Mullins said Steel and Pipe would take 15 to 20 acres just west of the McCall Pattern Company. McCall is located at 615
McCall Rd. The strip of land to the north of McCall will be used for a railroad spur.

Steel and Pipe will be moving from their location on north 3rd street if the proposed TIF District is passed by the City,
County and School District. Make that Riley County and Pottawatomie County. In June Riley County voted to turn down the
original 3rd Street TIF District. The new proposal will have one part located in Riley and another part located in
Pottawatomie. As it is written both County Commissions will need to approve the district.

An interesting part to the East Side Business District TIF is the inclusion of the American Legion property at the corner of
McCall Road and Frontage Road. Wal-Mart has purchased several businesses around the American Legion but the club
would not sell to Wal-Mart. Now with the TIF District the Legion will sell to the Developer or be condemned by the City
and sold to the Developer.

Interesting also is the USD 383 School District two properties in the East Side Business District. One is used for the school
buses, storage and central kitchen. The other is used as office space. The School District has more than a million dollars
invested in the new central kitchen.

The new boundaries for the East Side Business TIF District do not take in the Hill & Co. building next to the school district

Some of the business and buildings in the area are: Harding Glass; Waste Management; Central Mechanical Services;
McKinzie Pest Control; Cheney Construction, Inc.; Federal Express; American Pest and several building owned by R.M
Baril General Contractor.

The Manhattan City Commission approved a resolution Tuesday night giving the administration the right to work with
Chicago-based First National Development to develop a preliminary contract.