JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the Joplin City Council have advanced a tax waiver request related to the downtown redevelopment of a pair of buildings known as the 200 Block Commons.
The request was made by Jeff and Carolina Neal, of Neal Group Construction. Neal asked for full waiver of property taxes on a two-building project that is Joplin’s first environmentally sustainable historic development.
It involves a building at 212 S. Joplin Ave. that was constructed in 1921 for the Hurlburt Mortuary and Chapel and later served as the home of the Salvation Army operation in Joplin. The building has a stained-glass exterior that is still intact, although the building has been unoccupied for 30 years.
The second is located at 215 S. Wall Ave. It was built in 1912 for a truck dealership called the White Motor Co.
Part of the plan involves providing savings on utility bills to future tenants because of the use of solar panels, LED lighting and gray-water irrigation systems. Read more.