Taney County Considers Grand Palace Plan, New Expressway

BRANSON, Mo. -- At the Branson Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (July 10) night, City Finance Director Jamie Rouch presented a preliminary agreement for the vacant Grand Palace building.

Step one of the proposal would be redevelopment.
The city will talk to consultants and lawyers to help evaluate the plan.
But Branson will get 100 percent of those costs back from the developers.
If approved, new owners must put down a $20,000

Also in Taney County Tuesday, people had a chance to share their thoughts and ideas on a proposed highway project.    

County officials and engineers were at Hollister High School to hear their comments and answer questions.

The meeting was informal, with residents of Taney County coming in and out of the three hour open house - looking at sketches of the proposed $25 million dollar highway project.

It will create an alternate route from Highway 65 to BB Highway near Hollister High School.

Micheal Beaty, an engineer with Great River Engineering expains how this project could improve conditions for drivers.

"I think it's going to be a huge improvement to Taney County and its focus is kind of there on the south side, and as we do that, it's going to improve traffic, and really allow better access to people coming from the eastern part of the county."

We reported last month the challenge for the county will be securing funding.  Officials and engineers plan to apply for a grant to help with the cost.

The  project would have to be started by September of 2020 and completed by December of 2025.

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