JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As the city of Jonesboro grows, the need for more housing options follows.
The City of Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has 2 items on its agenda to discuss zoning for more multi-family housing options.
One of the proposed locations is across the street from Arkansas State University on Johnson Avenue.
The 15.7 acre property located at 2506 and 2510 Johnson Avenue is being considered for off-campus student housing.
The other location the planning committee is looking into is at 600 Jonathan Drive in North Jonesboro.
Developers want to put 64 units on the 8-acre empty lot.
Planning Director for the City of Jonesboro Otis Spriggs said this is all a result of the growing population in Jonesboro.
"I think as the city grows, the demand for housing is coming in all forms," Spriggs said. "Different products are being requested for different individuals, which is senior housing as well as student housing."
Spriggs said they are considering these rezoning applications, but there will still be several public meetings before any changes are made.
He said as the population continues to grow, residents can expect to see not only more multi-family housing but also single-family units.
"With the demand, I think we will see a mixture of both," Spriggs said. "With what is happening with the university, as well as other demands for workforce, we will see other subdivisions being developed in some of our underdeveloped areas around the city."
The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
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