Feasibility study planned for downtown Jonesboro property

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Tuesday night, the Jonesboro City Council voted to enter into a contract with architects to see if it's possible, and how much it would cost to renovate some city owned property in Downtown Jonesboro.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says he would like all of the city departments to be closer together --in a campus like setting. He says ideally all departments would be under one roof.

The council voted to do a feasibility study, programming and space planning at  314 and 316 Washington Street in Downtown Jonesboro.

"I'm kind of curious what it would cost to do the renovations on that because I don't want to get to the point to where we're just putting money into some of our buildings if they're not structurally sound," said Perrin.

Perrin says he would like to move departments out of the Huntington building and into a different location, closer to city hall. He says he's hopeful this study will help them determine if this building might be an option for re-location of some departments.

Perrin says having all departments under one roof or at least much closer will be more convenient when citizens have to do business with the city.

"It will increase efficiency with our staff.   We can get more done in an amount of time, but the second thing is that it's going to increase customer service to the people," said Perrin.

Again, the contract voted on  will just allow a study to be done to see if this building would be structurally sound and have enough room for the departments, and how much renovations would cost.

Also at Tuesday night's council meeting, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin presented  Jason Wilke, Former Parks Department Director, a key to the city.   Wilke resigned and is pursing other opportunities.

Additionally, Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates presented an award to Detective Vic Brooks.  While talking on the phone one day recently, Brooks noticed one of his co-workers having trouble breathing and in distress.  Brooks performed the Heimlich Maneuver on that co worker who was choking on a piece of candy.  Brooks was recognized for his potentially life-saving efforts.

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