JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Improvement to downtown Jonesboro has shifted focus onto other major streets besides Main.
In January, the Downtown Jonesboro Association held a forum for residents and business owners on Union Street to voice concerns and suggestions about what they would like to see in the area.
Director Hailey Knight said many wanted to see improved sidewalks, drainage problems fixed and crosswalks.
The city of Jonesboro teamed up with the group to help make those improvements happen.
Knight said Union Street brings in business just like Main Street and needs attention as well.
"Union is a part of downtown Jonesboro," Knight said. "It's a main thoroughfare. There's thousands of cars that travel down Union Street every single day, so we want it to look as welcoming as we can for our downtown."
The sidewalk and curb construction across from City Youth Ministries started in early July and is phase one of the project, costing around $45,000.
The city plans to blacktop the street along with making more sidewalk improvements and crosswalks near retail stores all the way down Union.
To complement Main Street, the city will also put in red bricks to help with the beautification of Union Street.
Knight said the development project on Union will take 2 to 3 years.
She said that is partly because the city has put a little money in the budget each year to dedicate to Union Street improvements.
Knight said this is all about improving the area and attracting more developers and more business.
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