Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Oz hasn’t given up on Sunflower redevelopment plan

November 15, 2000

Skip Palmer told a gathering of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce last Thursday that Oz Entertainment Co. hasnt abandoned its redevelopment plan for the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

Palmer, the president of the Wonderful World of Oz, briefly addressed the chamber three days after the Johnson County Commission failed to approve Ozs redevelopment plan. The plan was tabled when the commission deadlocked 2-2 on a motion to approve the plan.

"I want to assure all of you that we are not going away," Palmer said. "Im not at liberty to discuss our options, but in the next couple of weeks we will outline how we will proceed."

Palmer thanked the local business community for its letters and e-mails to commissioners supporting the $861 million proposal and asked for their suggestions on how the company should proceed.

Palmer said Oz is somewhat baffled by the countys rejection of the plan, because late side agreements " really strengthened the countys position."

None of the options Oz is considering would move the proposed theme park elsewhere, he said.

The Wyandotte County land transactions that were reported last week were coincidental and do not signify a renewed Oz interest in that county, Palmer said. Oz had a construction deed on 125 acres at 124th and State Avenue transferred to a regular deed, he said.

"Were absolutely, totally committed to moving forward here at Sunflower," Palmer said.

The chamber meeting also saw the election of 2001 officers. Pat Atchison was reelected president with no opposition, DeSoto School District Superintendent Marilyn Layman was elected vice president, computer consultant Susan Miley was elected secretary and Chris Endicott of Team Bank was elected treasurer.

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