UPDATE: Camp Jordan Parkway expanding to 5 lanes for Bass Pro Shops
UPDATE: As walls go up at the Bass Pro construction site so does anticipation surrounding the long awaited opening.
East Ridge City Council members gave developers the go ahead to widen Camp Jordan Parkway, the road surrounding the site from two lanes to five.
Crews installed walls to the store this week showing the public the project is finally moving forward.
Matt Wood is one of the developers on board, he says residents will see progress in the construction quickly. "The steel gets delivered on Monday and so for all the planning and the angst for getting Bass Pro started."
The approval also allows Wood to develop the property around Bass Pro. But the tough part for council members was finding the nearly 2 million dollars to fund the road expansion.
"We are using some undesignated funds from the general fund as well, but most of it is going to come from state street aid."
Promised to make 2016 a big year for exit 1 and the city of East Ridge.
PREVIOUS STORY: The East Ridge City Council approved plans to widen Camp Jordan Parkway from two lanes to five lanes leading into Camp Jordan Park. The project will begin soon and include major intersection changes.
In a major step surrounding the Bass Pro Shops store, the developer announces plans to build other stores and restaurants. After more than a year of preparation work, walls went up this week and people will notice the project accelerate over the next 6-9 months.
The City still has to come up with a way to fund the road work. Leaders hoped their part would cost about $1 million. The estimate is now double that and they will pull money from other accounts in the budget to pay for it.
The development, just off I-75 at the Tennessee-Georgia line, is known as Jordan Crossing. The project has been nearly four years in the making. When it is all said and done, it is expected to nearly double the tax intake for the city of East Ridge.
Mayor Brent Lambert says the city was the first in the state to apply to be a part of what's known as a 'border region retail tourism development district.' On top of the 30 acres set aside for the Jordan Crossing development and Bass Pro Shops, about 900 acres in East Ridge, including land along Ringgold Road, are included.
The 85,000 square foot store will have a full-sized bowling alley, aquarium, and restaurant. The $20 million investment is expected to bring in at least one million people and at least $2 million in sales per year year.
The store is expected to open some time in 2016.