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Mayor Jean Stothert has revoked the city’s tentative incentives offer for Crossroads Mall after the developer sent “deficient” redevelopment plans and failed to meet another deadline.

City Attorney Paul Kratz wrote in a letter Tuesday that Rod Yates’ application for a preliminary plat and rezoning was incomplete.

Kratz said Yates also failed to follow up on a number of missing or incomplete items on his application for tax-increment financing.

As a result, the city is terminating a nonbinding agreement concerning the site that the mayor signed in May, and there is no longer any plan for the site approved by the city.

Stothert said she doesn’t believe that Yates is moving forward on the project.

“After seven years, we still don’t have a completed application,” she said Wednesday. “I think the writing is on the wall.”

Yates on Thursday said he is moving forward with the project, and that the full application is “almost complete.”

“Projects of this scale don’t typically come together with strict deadlines,” he said in an email, adding that there are “lots of moving parts associated with my vision for Crossroads.”

Yates said he intends to avoid building “another nondescript shopping center.”

Given Yates’ missed deadlines and the lack of property owner Frank Krejci’s signature on documents filed with the city, Stothert questioned whether it will be Yates who ultimately develops the site.

Krejci did not immediately return a request for comment. The choice of developer is up to Krejci.

Yates and Krejci have worked on redeveloping Crossroads since 2011, though there have been numerous delays.

The pair is also behind the Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall in Gretna.

Stothert earlier this year signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding with Yates, detailing $64 million in city incentives for a $233 million Crossroads project.

A couple of months later, in July, Yates submitted his TIF application with a new, bigger plan that detailed a $514 million development with apartments, shops, office space, a gym and two hotels.

That plan called for $118 million total in city incentives, with $64 million in TIF alone.

Yates, who also developed the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, has said that he wanted to get started on the Crossroads project and aimed for Planning Board approval in September and City Council approval in October.

Kratz sent Yates a letter last month saying his TIF application was not complete.

In response, Yates said he planned to submit more information by the monthly deadline earlier this week. That did not happen, according to the city.

Kratz’s letter this week said city incentives “may be revisited” should Yates eventually submit completed applications.

In addition to being incomplete, Yates’ preliminary plat application listed Yates’ Main Street Partners LLC as the property owner and includes Yates’ signature as the owner, the city attorney said, even though parcels owned by others are proposed to be included in the preliminary plat.

“The Planning Department does not have any documentation stating that the applicant (Rod Yates) is authorized to represent those other property owners as part of this application nor did the other property owners sign the plat application,” the letter reads.

Kratz said Yates’ TIF application would not be processed because it still lacked proof of site control, among numerous other items.

Councilman Pete Festersen, who represents the area including Crossroads, expressed frustration about the latest delay.

“It’s one of the most important commercial sites in the city,” he said. “The surrounding neighborhoods deserve better.”

World-Herald staff writer Paige Yowell contributed to this report., 402-444-1309

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