Two Big Votes on Deck for Costco Project

Two Big Votes on Deck for Costco Project

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Tuesday will be a make or break day for the future of a new shopping mall featuring a Costco in Mobile Two separate incentive packages will be voted on by both the city and county.

"I find it hard to believe that the developer could do it without help from both the city and county," said County Commissioner Jerry Carl

Commissioner Carl says it's something he's put a lot of thought into but even at this point he isn't 100 percent sure if he'll vote to approve it.

"I am trying to get answers to some environmental problems that I feel could be and based on what they give me, positive or negative I will go till the last minute without having a firm yes or a now in my head," said Carl.

For councilman Fred Richardson there is zero uncertainty.

"This is a no brainer, you got a swamp down there that we aren't making one cent and they are going to produce 200 million dollars and 1,200 jobs," said Richardson.

Commissioner Carl says in these times it is difficult to lure any new business without providing some sort incentive, although he does not feel comfortable talking specifically about what the county is offering.

"It's really nothing big. It is not an airbus or a TK plan, it is nothing like that," said Carl.

The city on the other hand would provide 1.4 cents of the city's 5-cent sales tax to go back to developers for 20 years.

"If we have to give you a certain percentage of what you are going to make when you come we don't mind doing that to get you here to help you with the infrastructure it is going to cost them millions of dollars," said Richardson.


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