The Robstown school board waived a 60-day notice period last week about tax incentives for the new outlet mall in Robstown.

City officials had asked the school board to waive its notice to expedite the tax incentives process.

School district attorney John Bell said there was no need for the school board to consider the tax incentives package since the school district is not offering any incentives package to the outlet mall's developers.

Superintendent Roberto Garcia said the school district would lose state funding if it too offered the developers tax incentives.

Garcia said the development would be good for the city and he recommended waiving the notice period.

Robstown City Secretary Paula Wakefield said the Robstown City Council would hear the first reading of the incentives package at the council's meeting this month.

The second reading will occur in August, she said.

Developers of the proposed multi-million dollar outlet mall and the city of Robstown reached a tentative agreement in May on an infrastructure incentives package.

City Council members emerged from a near two-hour long executive session May 21 to approve a preliminary $14 million infrastructure financing agreement with San Antonio-based developer Dolphin Ventures I LLC.

The city will assist the developer with putting the necessary infrastructure, such as drainage, sewage and other on-site work, in place.

Robstown Utilities superintendent Roy Gutierrez said the improvements were originally estimated to cost about $14 million, but that number ended up increasing to more than $16 million.

As a result, developers may be responsible for any costs over $14 million.

There are also about $675,000 in off-site improvements that must be made as well, such as the installation of left-turn lanes on Terry Shamsie Boulevard and the installation of a new on-ramp for Highway 77.

But Gutierrez said that work would have to be paid for by developers as well.

The 315,000-square-foot outlet mall, called The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay, will sit on about 50 acres of land adjacent to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.

The $60 million mall is expected to bring about 1,000 jobs to the area, while also pumping millions of dollars in property and sales tax revenue into the city and school district.

Developers have stated that they hope the mall will be open by Fall 2009.

Nueces County Commissioners approved a 30-day extension for the developers to complete a feasibility study. The deadline is now set for December instead of November.