Highway 281 seeing continued growth in Grand Island

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 11:51 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After the City of Grand Island’s push for growth on Highway 281 for decades, businesses are finally popping up on the corridor.

“Northern 281, all of that has filled in the last 20 years and there’s almost nothing left to develop,” said Grand Island Planning Director Chad Nabity.

Planning Director Chad Nabity said it’s been a long time coming, as they’ve been trying to make a connection to the interstate for the last 20 years.

“So that people feel like they’re in grand island when they turn off on that interchange instead of ok let’s get back on the interstate but something to draw them in.”

Not to mention it would also benefit the economy.

“Being able to actually reach out there, capture tax revenue at some point in time from those people traveling through, would be advantageous for the city.”

The northern part of 281 has been filled with retail shops over the years, now the city is focusing on filling the south corridor.

“We’re getting closer to that. We’ve still got a couple miles in between to fill in. We do have sewer down to the interstate now and that will help spur additional development because that infrastructure is in place.”

Nabity said the Grand Island Regional Medical Center really jumpstarted more businesses to move to the corridor. Now there’s Tabitha Health and an eye care center being built next to the hospital. There’s even a big Fedex center being built on the intersection of Highway 281 and Wildwood Drive.

“I think the 281 corridors remain popular into the future and both in general businesses and logistics, just because of our geographic location,” said Grand Island Area Economic Corporation Dave Taylor.

With more businesses bringing jobs, means more room for the city to grow. The Grand Island Area Economic Corporation recently received about a million dollars to add more housing to the area, as more people move to the city.

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