Jonesboro City Council approves hospital's rezoning request

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)   -- The City of Jonesboro may be one step closer to seeing a new hospital break ground very soon.  On Tuesday,  the Jonesboro City Council waived the third reading of the ordinance, and passed the request by NEA Baptist Memorial Health to rezone land off of Highway 49 in order to build a new multi million dollar facility.  Planning and Zoning Director, Otis Spriggs, says there is no opposition that is pending, and that all of the issues of the surrounding communities residents' have been addressed by the applicant.  Spriggs says the rezoning will now go through a final development plan.

"The applicant will take the approval with all of the conditions and criteria and they will formulate the plan district preliminary documents which will go before review before the planning commission on two different occasions...one for the preliminary plan approval and one for the final development approval," said Spriggs.

"We anticipate that the permits will be issued within the next 3 or 4 months.   From that point, we will most likely see construction begin," said Spriggs.

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