Decatur Bass Pro Shop will be at least 100K square feet

Decatur Bass Pro Shop will be at least 100K square feet

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The Decatur City Council held a public hearing and vote on the project development and funding agreement involving Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World Monday morning. The Decatur City Council held a public hearing and vote on the project development and funding agreement involving Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World Monday morning.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The Decatur City Council held a public hearing on the project development and funding agreement involving Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World Monday morning.

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle said the Sweetwater Bass Pro Shop will be at least 100,000 square feet and will include an RV dealer. He said it could also possibly include a hotel.

According to the agreement, Bass Pro can earn $4.2-million in incentives from the city of Decatur if they bring new business not already in the city.

Kyle said the new development will bring 400 jobs to the city, not including construction jobs. He also said negotiations broke down in September for the Sweetwater deal and picked back up in November.

They opened the floor for comments from the public after their meeting. Most residents taking the podium said they are for the development. Only one person spoke out against Sweetwater.

Decatur City Schools leaders are worried about the economic incentives given to Bass Pro Shop and funding going towards schools. Board member Joe Probst said he doesn't think the deal includes enough tax money coming back to the system. "The irony of it is Limestone County is laughing. They love it. They get all the ad valorem tax and Decatur City Schools gets nothing," he said.

Superintendent Ed Nichols wants the council to determine if a multi-million dollar incentive package will really help move Decatur forward or if they will end up losing money in the long run. "I just think it will be helpful as a citizen to understand how this $60 million project, which I can't tell you if it's good or bad - that's up to ya'll to decide - but how that fits into the five or ten-year economic residential plan you have," he said.

Mayor Kyle acknowledged some of the tax money will be split between Decatur and Limestone County because the proposed site is in Limestone County as well as the Decatur city limits. 

Sweetwater would be built at the I-65 and 565 interchange, on the Limestone County side of Decatur. An overpass would be built over Highway 20 to limit traffic issues. If approved, they expect the outdoor superstore to open by 2016.

The city council said a vote will take place on April 7.

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