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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Plans For The Mall At Turtle Creek Still On Track

December 20, 2004 -- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST, updated at 7:35 a.m. on 12/21

JONESBORO -- The original plan estimated the costs of public improvements for The Mall at Turtle Creek, such as drainage issues, at over $9 million, but developers now say that figure has been reduced to just over $7 million.

"This evening we are back with good news, our financing request is lower than it originally would be after we got on the site, did some engineering, and received our core permit," said developer Bruce Burrow at a public hearing before last night's Jonesboro City Council meeting.

"After they looked at the Corps of Engineers study, it allowed them to do the flow a little differently, rather than boxing that culvert. So what they have done tonight is come back and asked us to amend that because it lowered their cost. There's no reason to have something out there at the tune of that amount of money. We are very pleased that the cost went down, and we were certainly happy to do that extension," said councilman Harold Perrin.

Burrow adds the wet autumn did cause a few delays, but adds that workers are quickly getting back on track.

He says they expected rainy days when they projected the completion date, and says they are still right on schedule.

"We will open Penny's and Target in September of next year, Dillards, and the balance of the mall, will open in March of 06,"said Burrow.

Burrow says he expects The Mall At Turtle Creek to have a dramatic impact on all of Northeast Arkansas.

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