Take a look around the city of Jonesboro and there's little doubt that the city is growing especially in the Hilltop area. This is good because when Jonesboro grows, all of Region 8 benefits.
In August of 2014, Region 8 News did a story on the Greensborough Village Town Center. According to the developers, it will be a place to buy your groceries, take care of your cell phone bill, go to the bank, visit a physician and have a home all right in the same place.
Honestly, it's an idea that makes sense for Region 8 and it will benefit the citizens greatly.
The story also revealed that the developers hoped to see steel coming out of the ground in six weeks. That was over 18 months ago.
In March 2015, a highway study showed the state's plans and the developers plans would not be affected by each other. The developer said construction would be on track to begin within the year. That was 12 months ago.
This piece of land is a calling card that welcomes people to Jonesboro. If the first thing visitors saw coming down highway 49 was construction or progress, then, at least, the message they would get is that the city is experiencing growth.
But what they see now, doesn't project growth. It projects a huge open field with not much going on.
With all the development happening around Jonesboro and talk about two convention centers, I can't help but wonder if the Greensborough Village Town Center project is getting "lost in the sauce."
Accepting that growth is good and understanding that the people want to know the plan and the timeline makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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