Supporters of a proposal to build a museum complex on the site of a Joplin hospital that was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado were surprised to learn that any development will require a $1 million payment for a garden and walking trail.
The city of Joplin disclosed the agreement with the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. on Wednesday. The $1 million would be required for less than an acre of land near where Mercy Hospital stood before it was demolished by the tornado.
The Joplin Globe reports ( ) officials with the Joplin Historical Society says they were not told about the agreement when the group proposed building a museum complex on the land. They say the obligation would make it difficult to put the project on the site.