- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

OAK FOREST, Ill. (AP) - A Chicago suburb is using nearly $1.9 million in sales tax and other incentives to lure a developer to build a gun club with shooting ranges, a gun store and a hotel and restaurant.

Oak Forest community development director Adam Dotson and city planner Jake Melrose acknowledge it’s a lot of money, but say the financial benefits outweigh the expense. The incentives, they say, are needed to compete with other communities.

The Southtown Star reports (https://bit.ly/1pBGgMi ) that construction on the Eagle Gun Club could begin within weeks.

The newspaper reports that the deal with the city includes $650,000 up front to help buy the property and $1.2 million in sales tax incentives over 10 years.

Club co-owner Omar Ahmad says it will be “a destination” for people around the region.


Information from: Southtown Star, https://www.southtownstar.com

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