Danedri Thompson
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Gardner City Council members tonight will discuss annexing and offering a tax abatement to Zimmer Company, a real estate development firm. The company is seeking a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement and additional incentives for property located at 183rd and Waverly Road.
Under its existing policy, the city offers 50 percent abatements. The company also requested that the city upgrade Waverly Road and possibly upgrade the street further for heavy haul truck traffic.
Tracey Mann, director of industrial sales and leasing, told Gardner council members during a work session last month that the property would need a variety of incentives to be competitive with the adjacent intermodal logistics park.
The nearly 80-acre parcel is not contiguous to the city of Gardner. It is, however, contiguous with Edgerton.
Developers for the property reached out to Edgerton as early April 2012 to inquire about possible annexation and incentives, including upgrading Homestead Lane to a heavy haul road.
In an Oct. 24, 2012 email to Mann, Edgerton’s city administrator Beth Linn, explained that the property would be eligible for a 10-year, net-effective 50 percent property abatement in Edgerton. According to the email, Edgerton’s city plans do not call for upgrading Homestead Lane to a heavy haul road.
“The city council did vote to upgrade 191st Street to heavy haul,” Linn wrote. “Homestead Lane was not. If you have a client interested in heavy haul, I believe you will want to explore the ability to have access to 191st Street.”