By Conrad Dudderar
Plans for further retail development south of Interstate 40 in Yukon city limits moved a step closer to reality this week.
The Yukon Planning Commission, at its Jan. 13th meeting inside the Centennial Building, recommended approval of a planned unit development (PUD) and final plat for property in the West End Pointe Addition east of Garth Brooks Boulevard between I-40 and N.W. 10th Street. The recommendation will be considered at an upcoming city council meeting.
A 63,000 square foot Atwoods Ranch & Home store is planned as part of a four-lot site, along with other retailers including a proposed restaurant.
“This is land east of the Lowe’s store between the building going up as a hotel and the car wash on that street (West End Pointe Drive),” Yukon Planning Commission Chairman Larry Taylor said. “I’m excited about Atwoods coming to town.”
Jason Emmett of Cedar Creek Consulting, representing developer Ken McGee of KG Holdings L.C. / W.E.P. Land Holdings LLC, explained plans for the site.
“These are the last remaining lots available in West End Pointe (addition),” Emmett said. “The plan is to do a PUD so that we can create four remaining lots that would allow not to have frontage onto a public road.”
The PUD design statement indicates the development will consist of four buildings – one per lot – ranging from 3,500 to 70,000 square feet.
“The project site consists of approximately 2.09 acres of land located east of Avid Hotel in the West End Pointe development,” according to the statement.
“The land to the north of this project is two hotels, the land to the south is a car wash and theater.”
Yukon Development Services Director Mitchell Hort said the City of Yukon has been involved with the developer on this “Atwoods” tract, providing incentives for this project.
Those incentives include a sales tax rebate for Atwoods totaling an estimated $1.2 million plus waiving permit and inspection fees.
The City of Yukon also has provided incentives to the developer – $90,000 toward the cost of roads, an estimated $64,464.42 to install water line and waiving related inspection fees.
Atwoods will build its standard metal building but trees will be spaced 30 feet apart to “soften that up,” Hort noted.
The new restaurant – yet to be announced – is included in the PUD and final plat.
Emmett estimated construction of the new Atwoods’ store would start the next six months although he didn’t know for certain.
“Atwoods is currently under design right now,” he said. “I know they want to get going pretty quick.”
Construction is expected to take six to nine months to complete.
Improvements for a private drive and other items to serve the Atwoods’ lot should begin in a “month or two,” Emmett said.