Manhattan commission considers annexation of new Grand Mere parcel

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The Manhattan City Commission will be presented with a request to annex 10-acres with the grand mere at tonight’s meeting.  City officials say the land is a part of the “grand mere master plan” that has been in place since 2005.

With nearly 400 homes, the grand mere area already one of the fastest growing areas of Manhattan. That’s due to the addition of the Colbert Hills Golf Course and several new businesses setting up shop.

Now the city is looking to annex another parcel of land into the area, part of a master plan that would ultimately see another 400 homes built in the area.

It’s a plan that developers thought would span for 25-30 years – but is growing much faster than expected.

“In 2014 we annexed over 102 acres, different phases of the Grand Mere development,” says Eric Cattell , assistant director for planning.

And that growth is what brought Mr. K’s Café and Bar to the area five years ago.

“We’re excited to see it expand,” says Scott Sieben, owner of Mr. K’S.

The city of Manhattan is having to adjust its master plan for all the growth, “There will be more restaurants and banks and just more neighborhood services will fill in as that area continues to grow, as well as more offices,” says Cattell.

That additional competition doesn’t worry Sieben, “Not gonna really affect us, you know, we’re excited for some competition and some more traffic. Hopefully that will bring more people to this side of town.”

Just how that growth will be managed is to be the focus of public hearings in March.  The next step within the grand mere master plan, is to get the 1,000 acres that are already included in their plan, 300 of which are included in the Colbert Hills golf course, annexed by the city within the next five years.

Manhattan city commissioners will the start the first of two steps in the annexation process.

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