Community input to help city in grant application process

Plans to improve the railroad corridor
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Plans are moving forward to improve the Jonesboro "railroad corridor" from Arkansas State University to the downtown Jonesboro area to Riceland Foods.

The city of Jonesboro is seeking a brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of the grant is to clean up and reinvest in areas that had previous development on it.

Part of the grant writing process is getting input and feedback from members of the community.

"What we're doing is helping bring the community together and kind of navigate a vision for what they'd like to see with particular sites here," Oral Saulters said.

Saulters, who works with the Technical Assistance to Brownfields program at Kansas State University, was one of many on hand to help facilitate the meeting.

Kansas State University and the University of Memphis architecture program teamed up with the city of Jonesboro to identify sites deemed as brownfield area. They then provided options for the city to improve them.

The targeted areas are the scrap yard downtown, the railyard, the former Wolverine property and an auto sales lot on Flint Street.

Local government, state, university and federal partners, non-profits, businesses and residents were represented at the meeting.

"We all are interested in Jonesboro's progress and Jonesboro going to the next level, as they say," Shelle Randall said. "I think there are great ideas for bike paths and jogging paths and water features and an amphitheater and definitely the connectivity to the other areas of Jonesboro."

The EPA will announce the winners of the grant later this year.

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