Meeting scheduled to gain input about railroad corridor

Meeting scheduled to gain input about railroad corridor

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to get the public's input on developing the downtown railroad corridor from Aggie Road at A-State to Riceland Foods.

The meeting will be at the Municipal Building, 300 South Church St.

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Memphis School of Architecture, Kansas State University's Technical Assistance to Brownfields and city departments will facilitate the meeting.

A team of five students from the University of Memphis has been in Jonesboro since March 3. They have gathering information and data to develop case studies.

They will present that information at the meeting Thursday.

"We are fortunate to have such a strong technical support team on board to collaborate with staff and residents on design and implementation," Mayor Harold Perrin said. "Development of the railroad corridor will create jobs and sustainability, not just for downtown Jonesboro and North Jonesboro, but the entire city."

The City of Jonesboro will apply for an EPA planning grant later this spring to develop a strategy and budget for the project.

"I am excited that the City of Jonesboro is able to provide its citizens with the opportunity to discuss their views regarding the railroad corridor project," Kimberly Marshall, city grants administrator, said. "The Grants Department believes this project will enhance and foster economic development for that area and its citizens"

The Grants and Community Development Department is hosting the meeting.

Anyone interested in participating is asked to call Emma Agnew, the community services manager for the city, at 870-336-7210.

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