Jonesboro council approves compromise to keep Madison Street open

Jonesboro council approves compromise to keep Madison Street open

A decision made by the Jonesboro City Council Tuesday evening means big changes could soon be coming to one of Jonesboro's busiest intersections.

In August, a proposal went before the Jonesboro City Council to close a portion of South Madison Street.

Madison Street runs behind Bennett's Nursery, Scrap Zing and Posey Peddler Flowers and serves as a connector from Highland Drive to Southwest Drive.

Harp's Food Stores, Inc. and Sharon Porter requested the closure to help the national chain CVS Pharmacy locate at the old Harp's site.

Representatives with CVS explained that in order to make their site plans work, they needed for Madison Street to close.

In September, council members proposed a compromise to keep Madison Street open and still bring CVS to town. The proposal is to change the location of Madison Street and still connect from Southwest to Highland Drive.

The proposal was unanimously approved by city council members Tuesday night.

No word yet on when CVS expects to begin work on their new store. Their site plans to the city however still show that Bennett's Nursery will no longer be located at the corner of Highland and Southwest.

When CVS submitted their initial site plans to the city, owner Marty Bennett told Region 8 News that everything was contingent upon plans moving forward with Madison Street.

He said if the council approved changing Madison Street, they would continue talks with CVS Pharmacies about moving their business. However, Bennett said they would simply relocate to better serve their customers. They would not close.

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