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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 9:19 pm, Sat Aug 3, 2013.

COPPERAS COVE — The Economic Development Corporation approved submitting its development plans for a 72-acre technology and business park to the city Wednesday.

“What you are doing right now is moving this one step closer to approval by submitting it to the city,” said Polo Enriquez, executive director of the corporation.

After the Narrows Technology and Business Park’s subdivision plat is submitted, the city will review it and address any concerns about the development of the property.

The development will be on the southern end of Constitution Drive and Robert Griffin III Boulevard and already was rezoned for commercial businesses agreed upon by the corporation and the city.

Enriquez requested the plat be approved “in concept” by the board because Cove EDC’s work on the development is not finished, but the material required for seeking its approval from the city was.

With two board members absent — retired Gen. Paul Funk and Jimmy Clark — the board approved Enriquez’s request.

Enriquez said signs and lighting plans for the development would be discussed in the coming months.

The Narrows has an estimated $1.8 million cost to develop the land, which includes building roadways and other infrastructure.

The cost figure doesn’t include lighting, communication cables, signage or possible drainage additions, Enriquez said at a previous meeting.

It features three entrances and exits: one on the south end of Constitution, another on Robert Griffin III Boulevard and Old Copperas Cove Road, and the third on the proposed Charles Tillman Way at Constitution.

After the plat is submitted, it could take 30 days for review. Enriquez said he hoped the Cove EDC could bid the project in about three months and then start construction shortly thereafter.

The only lot lines detailed on the plat are a portion of property proposed for a fourth Copperas Cove fire station, with access on Charles Tillman Way and Old Copperas Cove Road.

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