Dirt work begins for a proposed retail center south of McDonald’s Restaurant in Wellington

first_imgRoad graders were shown moving dirt earlier this week west of Wellington Wal-Mart.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The dirt work you are seeing south of McDonalds and west of Wellington SuperCenter appears to be a development that was originally proposed four years.TAPP Development, based in Edmond, Okla., is in the process of building a strip-mall type retail center on the 5.8 acre lot behind McDonalds.What could go into that development and a list of stores has yet to be announced.TAPP Development received a building permit to the city of Wellington on Wednesday. They have been doing dirt work at the complex since Monday.Sumner Newscow had contacted the corporate office this afternoon, but has so far not received a return phone call.TAPP had originally bought the property west of Wellington with McDonalds owning the north section.In late 2011, TAPP Development had announced that it was building four specialty stores which could possibly include a restaurant with a drive thru on the 5.8 acre lot. Whether that is in the plans now is not known publicly.Originally, the construction was to start in December, 2011 but it fell through for whatever reason.In a Sumner Newscow interview that was published in Nov. 3, 2011, Tim Clarke of Tapp Development Corp stated the company typically develops property with Walmart Super Centers as anchor and outer retails around them. The plans in 2011, was the new Wellington outlet would be considered a “shadow” retail center.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 207 weeks ago I am so glad we have not lost many residents waiting for the hotel to be built across the highway. Holding your breath would have killed many of us. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago Exactly how is this going to help bring more business to downtown Wellington? Report Reply 2 replies · active 207 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down I. B. NotWell · 207 weeks ago Downtown is nearly a lost cause. Sad, but true. The reason I say that is the state of most of the buildings and the cost to update them and bring them up to code. It is generally cheaper to start from scratch. New business on the East side is what we need. We need investors to put up business there that can attempt to pull from I-35 traffic. That is our best bet at getting more traffic into Wellington. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago Tom McAlister was doing wonders with many of the buildings downtown, but he got no from the city. So now our only option is to let our downtown district rot and fall down around us? In the meantime, we should bet on catching whatever business that may wander in off the interstate? It sounds to me like Wellington is on it’s way to becoming the little Detroit of Kansas. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down U.B. NotWell 4Sure · 207 weeks ago Moving closer to the interstate is not going to fix what is wrong with Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Sharon Short · 207 weeks ago Negative comments such as these are exactly what is wrong with Wellington. Come on, people! This is good news! Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 207 weeks ago I hate to spoil your utopian view of life, but the truth isn’t always positive. Denying the truth certainly isn’t productive. Awhile back, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce had an agenda to bring more business to downtown. What happened? I hear people say how sad it is to see downtown Wellington in such a slump. Where’s the concern now? Downtown used to be the hub of this community. Show me a thriving downtown business district, and I’ll show you a strong, thriving community. The type of strong community that industries take a hard look at for their expansion efforts. When industries consider opening a plant in Wellington, they see a decaying downtown area and they move on. Okay, so the downtown buildings are deteriorating. Why not tear them down and rebuild? Wellington needs to get back to the basics. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Phil White · 207 weeks ago I also see this as positive news for Wellington. I’ll welcome any new business to Wellington, no matter where in the city it may choose to locate. Many of the retailers who build this type of development will only come to a community in this type of development. They won’t even consider a downtown business district as a location; they prefer a high-traffic big-box retail location (i.e., next to Walmart). The choice is either have those businesses (and sales tax revenue) there or not at all. Other communities with a Walmart-other retail complex also have improving, revitalizing downtown areas. This can be a rising tide lifts all boats type of situation. I know of investments being made in our downtown and exciting things coming there as well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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