"My view, based on my five or six months on the job, is that this community is in a position to experience residential and commercial growth the likes of which it hasn't seen for 25 or 30 years," he said.
Blue Springs city officials are touting The Plaza at Adams Farm, a long-awaited project, as an anchor in the Adams Dairy Parkway corridor.
The 900,000 square-foot, $100-million-plus commercial development formerly known as Coronado Plaza is to be developed on 123 acres on the east side of Adams Dairy Parkway near Adams Pointe Golf Course.
Although City Council approval is pending, the project has received overwhelming support from civic and city leaders, as well as other residents. At a recent Planning Commission public hearing, supporters outnumbered opponents, a rare situation.
"I really believe that this project is a paradigm shift for development in this community," said Starner.
"What you saw was civic and business leaders taking ownership of the community. That has been a silent community for a long time. They now say we need to give the business community an opportunity to develop."
Developer Tom Dellaportas is pouring $85 million into the project, and the city is supplementing that with $30 million in tax-increment financing.
Former Blue Springs Mayor Greg Grounds, who is representing Dellaportas, said many national retail stores and more than a dozen restaurants have expressed interest in the proposed site.
The agreement would name Trammell Crow, a Dallas-based real estate company with national and international operations, master developer of 640 acres of dormant airport property southeast of the runway...
Trammell Crow will make plans for 640 acres southeast of the airfield.
The massive renovation of the airport's three terminals, which started in 2001, was completed in November with the opening of the last renovated terminal segment.
Panama City, Fla., is eyeing a May 2006 construction start and clearing the way for the first new regional airport to be built in almost a decade.