A national tire store may soon call The Falls at Crackerneck Creek home.

A national tire store may soon call The Falls at Crackerneck Creek home.


Independence had originally restricted such land uses at the development, but an ordinance given its first reading at Monday night’s City Council meeting would allow the use.


The ordinance, an amendment to the original agreement approved in February 2005, would amend the tax increment finance redevelopment agreement for the Crackerneck Creek TIF plan, the area with Bass Pro Shops, Hobby Lobby and Mardel.


According to a city staff memo, the Crackerneck Creek developer and the city have worked to attract nationally known tenants to the area. They have received a letter of intent from a national tire store to put in a facility near the northeastern corner of U.S. 40 and Missouri 291.


The original agreement limited such land uses at The Falls at Crackerneck Creek, including the restriction of automobile sales or repair, service or leasing. If the council approves the amendment next week, the sale of automobile services and car repair products would take place only on this area of land, according to city staff.


“As the development has progressed, city staff has re-evaluated this restriction...” a staff report says. “It has been deemed appropriate and beneficial to the overall development for one use of this nature in the development at this particular location.”


The 180,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops store opened in February 2008. The Falls shopping center area includes an 18-acre lake, a 70-foot waterfall and the city’s Waterfall Park. Hobby Lobby and Mardel opened in late 2009. Cheddar’s Casual Café, along U.S. 40, is projected to open by the end of the year.


In late 2008, Byron Constance, one of The Falls developers, said more than 50 additional retail tenants or restaurants could locate at The Falls. A themed hotel and convention center also were part of the development’s original site plan.