The cityís former hospital could be transformed into a sweeping tree-lined mini mall with Harpís Grocery store as its anchor depending on a $12 million tax project.

†At Tuesdayís city council meeting the city leaders approved a resolution seeking a tax increment financing (TIF) project to finance Har-Ber Point, at the request of developer Randy Wheeler of Wheeler Interest.† †

Har-Ber Pointe will be funded through a 25-year, $12 million tax increment.† Financing is expected to bring in between $2 to $3 million each year.† A TIF District would mean that Wheller would pay no ad valorem tax for possibly 25 years but since Integris Grove hospital, being a non-profit organization paid no ad valorem tax anyway, it would make no difference on the tax roll.

Wheeler would bear the expense burden of the demolition, removal of debris and utility relocation. Over the next 25 years, Wheeler would recoup $2.5 million of his $3.5 million start up cost.† †

Renderings of the proposed project were released Tuesday night.

With Harpís as its focal point, the drawings include two separate locations, one 10,000-square-foot and the over 18,000-square-foot for projected retail stores. †

Wheeler told the Sun that Harpís employees were told of the deal last week. He said the store will be identical to the Harps store in Springdale, Ark.

Construction could begin by early 2011 and be finished in Aug. 2012.

†In other business city employee Steve Sears, a Grove Municipal Services Authority employee, was presented a plaque and certificate of appreciation.

With sales taxes revenue decreasing by 4.4 percent the council reduced funding to several Grove tourism and civic groups.

Funding for the Grand Lake Association was reduced from $17,700 to $16,000; Lendonwood Gardens from $6,000 to $3,000, the Chamber of Commerce from $30,000 to $25,500, Pelivan from $45,000 to $35,000 and Grand Lake Festivals to $9,000. City councilors also finalized a contract with Bernice Sanitation and with Kerr and Kerr, Attorneys at Law.

† The contract with Kerr & Kerr is for $5,000 a month.† That expense is expected to be shared with other city entities, city officials said.†

At the request of City Manager Bruce Johnson, city employees will be given comp time in lieu of overtime in order to cut expenses.

The† next Grove City Council meeting will be November 2 at 6 p.m. for their regular meeting.