In a special meeting Friday morning, city commissioners unanimously approved to add locations along 14th Avenue to the Star Bond District.

At a public hearing held on Jan. 5 members of the community were able to speak upon the possibility of retail development going in on 14th Avenue near the Dodge City Community College.

The process for that to take place meant that the current Star Bond project needed to add what city officials called, 14th Avenue Star Bond, in order to move forward.

"The approval added 14th Avenue to the Star Bond District," city manager Cherise Tieben said on Friday. "The Entertainment District and the Heritage District are still in place as part of the Star Bond District."

It had been previously discussed that the current Entertainment District at the Boot Hill Casino and Resort would be moved to the 14th Avenue location however plans had changed and the 14th Avenue corridor was considered as an extra addition instead.

During the process, arguments from people in the community have been split between those in favor of retail going in near the Dodge City Community College and those in favor of retail businesses going to other locations throughout Dodge City.

During the public hearing as well as during city commission meetings in the public forum section, Bill Hammond has spoke out against the concept of retail near 14th Avenue saying, "I have real concerns turning the community college property into retail.

"I think long-term it would be comprehensive to the community college we really need space to grow. We need a regents center in Dodge City.

"We need to have more vocational, more opportunities for community enrichment.

"The community college is not just a junior college it is much beyond that and I don't think our college has begun to touch its possibilities so I would oppose."

DCCC Board of Trustee Terry Malone has also spoke out against retail going in near the community college campus along with the possibility of the college selling land for retail development.

"This land was bought by the founders of the college and it's held in public trust for education. It was never designed for private venture and we should pay attention to the public trust and I hope the developers find what they want but they should go elsewhere," Malone said at a previous work session.

Several business owners in Dodge City praised the retail possibility.

During the public hearing, Bill Cunningham, Kirk Lancaster and Steve Judge, all business owners in Dodge City spoke in favor of the retail development.

Currently, the DCCC Board of Trustees have voted to continue negotiations with the possibility of the college selling land.