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The abandoned Target building at Springtown Center, recently purchased by 1180 Thorpe, Ltd. PHOTO by ANDY SEVILLA

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The fate of Springtown Center took a new twist last month, when Dayton Hudson Corporation sold the Target store building that lies in the largely abandoned retail complex near the Interstate-35 gateway to interior San Marcos.

The new owner of the Target parcel is 1180 Thorpe, Ltd., a limited partnership, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office. The managers of the general partnership, 1180 Thorpe GP, LLC, are Edward S. Butler and John C. Lewis.

Butler is the son of Roy Butler, the former Austin mayor who succeeded in a wide variety of businesses and died in November 2009, age 83, after a fall.

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  6. City Council is meeting in Executive Session on Tuesday (July 6) to discuss, “offers of possible incentives to entities considering locating or expanding in the San Marcos community” (as noted in the agenda). I sure hope our city leaders aren’t going to try again anytime soon to give more taxpayer funded handouts for retail and entertainment project developers.

    Economic development incentives need to pass an even higher hurdle these days, in these lean economic times. If and when our City leaders decide to spend our taxpayer money on economic development, they should consider these six questions:

    1) Will it raise or lower the average household income?
    2) Does it expand the diversity and vibrancy of our local economy?
    3) Will it attract the kinds of businesses and industries we have identified for our long-term economic sustainability?
    4) How does it stack rank to the plans and projects we already have developed?
    5) Is it a good deal for the taxpayers funding the incentives?
    6) Can we afford it at this point in time?

    Affirmative answers to these six questions will help confirm we are making the best possible decision at the time it is in play.

  7. Now would be a good time for some of the council to show a little back bone and demand that this meeting be public. Let us know what and who the subsidy is for and about and you might be surprised at the support you will get. I am far from no growth but I am tired of the secret and dumb deals. Council persons, just don’t attend the meeting if it will not be held in public. Show some guts and let’s put a stop to all the secrecy right now.

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