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February 25th, 2010
Mayor plans session this Saturday on redevelopment, Alamo Drafthouse

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will host a public forum on economic development, the redevelopment of Springtown Shopping Center and the Alamo Drafthouse proposal at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 27 a City Hall.

The public is invited to attend. The session will be held at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. This is the first of several educational sessions planned by Mayor Narvaiz in the next few weeks.

“We want to have community discussions on the big picture of economic development in San Marcos,” said Mayor Narvaiz. “The city council’s goal is to support economic development that improves our economy and creates jobs. This briefing will give us the opportunity to discuss issues associated with redevelopment –including the impact if redevelopment doesn’t happen.”

The San Marcos City Council is considering a $2.5 million grant to Triple Tap Ventures LLC to redevelop a vacant Best Buy into an Alama Drafthouse movie theater. Advocates of the deal, including Narvaiz, hope the incentive will lead to revitalization of the blighted Springtown shopping center, which as sat nearly empty at a major interstate entrance to the city since major tenants including Target moved to the Stone Creek Crossing development a few exits south.

The briefing will include information on past economic development initiatives, what redevelopment involves, and Springtown Center proposals.

The information session is not a formal city council meeting and no decisions will be made but it has been posted as a meeting so a quorum of city council members can attend.

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