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Work continues to bring a new travel plaza to west Emporia.

City consultant Jim Witt tells KVOE News Brown Stone 3 Development LLC has recently submitted an application for tax increment financing, which could be reviewed by city commissioners next month. The overall project could also go before the Emporia-Lyon County Metropolitan Planning Commission early next year before moving to the City Commission. The city, meanwhile, has its own due diligence to handle.

If approved by Emporia city commissioners, the new travel plaza will be near the longstanding Flying J travel plaza, which includes a truck stop, gas station and the Huddle House restaurant, and the Emporia RV Park. There would be several differences between the travel plazas, including the potential for a hotel and RV park inside the roughly 30-acre development.

The Emporia Kenworth heavy truck dealership would sit between the travel plazas if the Brown Stone 3 development is approved.

Witt says coronavirus has slowed down the project substantially, but developers have made notable progress the past few months and the goal is still to open by late 2021.

In January, developer John Brown told KVOE News the project could bring several nationally-known restaurants and hotels to the property along with an RV park. Brown says the travel plaza could be a $35 million to $40 million project, similar to projects in the research or development stage in Edgerton and Hays, and would create at least 100 jobs. Since January, Brown Stone has not responded to several requests from KVOE News seeking additional information.

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Last modified on Friday, 20 November 2020 04:53