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July 22, 2013

Council to talk business prospects again

GREENVILLE — There haven’t been any big bites reported recently, but it would appear Greenville is getting at least several nibbles from businesses interested in locating in or near the city.

The Greenville City Council intends to conduct closed door discussions Tuesday evening concerning some potential economic development projects.

The discussions might include talk about the proposed Splash Kingdom water park, as well as the new YMCA/event center project.

Both are among the 21 prospects listed in the items included under executive sessions scheduled during Tuesday’s regular Council agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Many of the same prospects were also included under an executive session conducted last week by the Greenville Board of Development.

Splash Kingdom is reportedly wanting to build a water park in Greenville, as part of the Greenville Towne Center development.

The Splash Kingdom proposal has been referred to under a code name of “Project Splash” as negotiations with the company have continued.

Project Splash is included among 19 prospects which are scheduled to be discussed by the Council under Section 551.087 of the Local Government Code, which allows for a “discussion or deliberation regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body that is conducting development negotiations.”

All of the above prospects, along with real property at the Greenville SportsPark for the Greenville YMCA/event center project and a prospect code named EDC Land, are also set to be considered under Section 551.072, which allows the Council to “deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations.”

Should the Council decide to take any action on any of the items discussed Tuesday in executive session, it would return to the regular meeting in order to do so.

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