Council to hear more about Splash Kingdom

Aug 12, 2013

The Greenville City Council intends to learn more Tuesday about the proposed Splash Kingdom water park, as well as a possibly “stellar” development for the downtown area.

The Council is scheduled to discuss two potential economic prospects in an executive session as part of Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Splash Kingdom has proposed building a water park as part of the Greenville Towne Center Development.

Greenville Board of Development President and CEO Greg Sims said last week he intended to brief the Council Tuesday on the status of the negotiations concerning the project. The talks underway since last fall have included the City of Greenville, Splash Kingdom and III:I Emerging Market Partners, which is developing the Towne Center along the Interstate 30 service road.

The Splash Kingdom proposal has been referred to under a code name of “Project Splash” as negotiations with the company have continued.

Project Splash is included among the prospects which are scheduled to be discussed by the Council Tuesday under Section 551.087 of the Local Government Code, which allows for a “discussion or deliberation regarding commercial or financial information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the governmental body is conducting development negotiations.”

Under the same section the Council is also scheduled Tuesday to discuss project Downtown-Four Star.

Both prospects are also set to be discussed by the Council under Section 551.072, which allows the Council to “deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations.”

Should the Council decide to take any action on either of the items discussed Tuesday in executive session, it would return to the regular meeting in order to do so.