State’s STAR Bonds legislation needs thorough ‘vetting,’ state senator says

The economic development incentive tool that could finance a proposed outdoor activity center at Clinton Lake will get a hard look in the coming legislative session, the state senator who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee said.

Earlier this month, Jeff Wise, Plei managing principal, was part of presentations to the Lawrence City Commission and Douglas County Commission regarding Plei’s proposed development of a $70 million outdoor recreational center at Clinton Lake State Park.

Wise said the outdoor recreation center planned for the undeveloped Campground No. 2 on the western portion of the state park would share the same features as Plei’s U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte, N.C. Those include a manmade whitewater rafting and kayaking facility, zip lines, rock climbing, a trail system, outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, beer garden and conference center.

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