Despite a series of hurdles, site preparation work has begun for Love's Travel Stop at I-24 Exit 117.
Earlier on, developers with Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores submitted an application with the US Army Corps of Engineers concerning construction of the proposed store. The initial proposal for a truck stop in the area was met with criticism from some members of the county commission who felt that a truck stop would increase traffic, crime an lower property values in the area.
The application proposed compensatory mitigation for wetlands impact in the affected construction zone.
According to Army Corps of Engineers’ public notice, the applicants intended to discharge fill material into 10.48-acres of wetlands south of Manchester to allow the preparation of the 17-acre track for use as a commercial business.
The mitigation plan submitted Oct. 22, called for measures to be performed at a site eight miles southeast of the site, adjacent to Beans Creek, near Dickerson and Prairie Plains roads. The farmland is 22.5-acres of former pastureland. Drainage swales were used to route water around the fields into Beans Creek. The proposed mitigation would affect the area over time by providing a functional lift of resources by creating a high-quality forested wetland.
The Love's Travel Stops store is $20 million project, including a truck stop, restaurant, store and a tire-maintenance facility. It is expected to create more than 40 full-time jobs for locals, in addition to bringing tax revenues to the county. Construction was planned to start in 2018.