PBP cultural center is good news for county

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is planning a real estate development on 49 acres of land east of U.S. Highway 75 and 150th Road, it has been reported.

And Prairie Band, LLC recently announced a contest to determine the name for the new development project.

All of this is exciting news for the Jackson County area as the local economy is starting to bounce back from a year of opportunities lost due to COVID-19. 

The mixed-use development planned by the PBP Nation includes a proposed travel plaza, a fast food restaurant, a cultural center, a walking trail and park, as well as other retail establishments based upon demand, according to the contest flyer.

Entries are due May 31 to the Prairie Band, LLC office. The mission of Prairie Band, LLC is to “expand and diversify the economic portfolio of the Nation,” it was reported.

An Economic Development Investment Committee (EDIC) was recently organized as part of the PBPN, according to the winter edition of the Prairie Band Potawatomi News, and the committee’s first project is this development of the Nation’s property east of the highway. 

Members of the EDIC include Zach Pahmahmie, Wade Pahmahmie, William Evans, William Marsh, John Sexsmith, Jacob Wamego, Stan Van Ostran and Corey Mzhickteno.

We wish them well with their planning and will be particularly interested in the cultural center that is included in the plans. The PBPN can best tell of, and celebrate, its culture and history. 

We anticipate the PBPN cultural center, on its own, could be a very popular and highly-visited stop for travelers along U.S. 75 and also many others, including area school children.

It was reported to the Prairie Band Potawatomi News that the development of the area was approved by the tribal general council in July 2008 but has yet to gain significant progress in the years since.

The goal of the real estate development is to complement the Nation’s gaming operation, provide additional jobs and bring additional revenues, it was reported. All of this sounds good for the overall community, too.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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