The Dickson City Council and Dickson County Commission approved an economic impact plan for a proposed retail shopping center that will allow future property tax dollars to be used to pay for a new road. The council voted 6-1 to approve the plan in a special session Monday night with Councilman Mike Legg in opposition and Councilwoman Betty Lou Alsobrooks abstaining. At its regular session Monday night, the county commission approved the plan 9-1 with Commissioner Randy Hogin opposing and two members absent. Under the Tax Increment Financing plan, or TIF, the city and county property taxes on the proposed site of The Crossings of Dickson between Highway 46 and Beasley Drive will be frozen at their current $39,498 for up to 10 years. The anticipated $144,300 a year that the taxes would increase when the development is completed will be used to pay the loan to build a new road, with a maximum of $706,000 plus up to 5 percent interest to go to the project. After the road is paid off or after 10 years, the city and council would keep all of the property tax money. The project developers say the new road is needed to create the frontage that several national retail chains want before considering locating in Dickson. Attorney Eric Thornton, who has an interest in the project, said without the road the project will not happen as proposed. “This isn’t Green Hills. This isn’t Nashville West. We’ve done a miraculous job just to convince the tenants to show an interest in this community and to come and bring these jobs here. They want that road and right now we can’t afford to put the road in as a result of the site cost,” Thornton said at the council meeting. While the developers have declined to name any potential tenants, an online flier promoting the project lists “proposed” sites for Petco, Shoe Carnival, Marshalls and Ross among the eight stores in the main building with three possible outbuildings. Mayor Bob Rial said the economic impact plan was amended to allow for the possibility of another road connecting to the new road that would provide another access point to the Dickson Square Shopping Center from The Crossings. The road connecting Highway 46 to Beasley Drive also is proposed to have traffic signals at both ends. No timeframe for construction on The Crossings of Dickson has been announced.