By Becky Pallack for the Arizona Daily Star
The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved rezoning 30 acres of undeveloped land near Casino del Sol, on the southeast corner of Mark and Valencia roads, for a new Fry’s shopping center Tuesday.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Evergreen Development Co. plans were held up for months in red tape due to a 5-year-old agreement between Pima County and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Before building permits can be issued, the board will need to approve a special development agreement similar to the 2006 agreement between Pima County and developers of a Walmart at Ajo Way and Kinney Road, a project which has since been put on hold.
Under that agreement, Walmart would pay $20 million for road projects and pay a fee of 2 percent of retail sales, similar to a sales tax, to improve roads and benefit the nearby Tucson Mountain Park, said assistant planning director Chris Poirier.
The fee was estimated at the time to bring in $35 million over 25 years to Pima County.
The Walmart developers didn’t want the agreed-to extra costs to put their future store at a competitive disadvantage, so the agreement also said any other competing retailer within 4 miles would be subject to the same or similar terms, Poirier said.
The full agreement will go to the Board of Supervisors next.
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