March 22, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker (from right) shares plans for the Commerce Street development with those attending the March city council meeting, including Lida Tinker and Alderman Larry Couch. The development will be near the most recently opened portion of Highway 67, where commercial businesses should benefit from heavy traffic.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Hoxie moving forward
with development

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

After years of patiently awaiting the opening of U.S. Highway 67 through the Hoxie area, the city council is moving forward on the bidding process for the new road at the Commerce Street development.

In 2016, the city purchased about five acres across Owl City Road from Cox Powersports. The land is in full view and easily accessible from both Highway 67 and Highway 63. Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said traffic count is a big factor in bringing in some of the businesses they are looking to have in Hoxie.

"I feel best right now about the potential to draw in new business," Tinker said.

The city has been working with Miller-Newell Engineers, Inc., to develop plans for the property. A preliminary cost estimate of $140,310 was presented to the council. This would be for a 24-foot wide, seven-inch think asphalt road running 380 feet long. A gravel shoulder will be built up on each side and a drainage ditch will be dug.

Tinker said the dirt base under the road would be built up to withstand heavy truckloads. Depending on how much is required to build it up, there could be an increase in the cost from the estimates, however most of the other costs are expected to come in at or possibly even under estimate.

The firm said it would take about 17 days to provide a contract and bid amounts for the city council to approve. Tinker said he expects to have the property shovel ready for new businesses this summer.

Once the bid is approved, the city will begin marketing the land. Businesses the city will market to include fast food restaurants, motels and truck stops.

Tinker said the land the city owns is suitable for at least two businesses. Adjacent property is available for commercial development and Commerce Street is designed to be extended.

"This is the potential to be the new face of Hoxie," Tinker said.

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