The group, Liveable City, said that the presence of a BordersInc. store would do more to harm Austin's economy than help it,especially if it takes sales away from locally owned BookPeople andWaterloo Records stores near the planned development. Liveable Cityis a non-profit group seeking to improve Austin's quality oflife.

The Schlosser Development project is to be anchored by an88,000-sf Whole Foods store and an adjacent seven-story officebuilding Whole Foods will use as its headquarters. The City ofAustin has granted $2.1 million in development incentives for theproject. The incentives include fee waivers, water and wastewaterreimbursements and drainage improvements.

Liveable City said the Borders store, whose development is aidedby the city incentives, will take sales away from BookPeople andWaterloo and therefore from the local economy. Borders is based inAnn Arbor, MI.

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