June 13, 2005 – Posted at 2:12 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO -- The revitalization project for downtown Jonesboro has been going on for years, and some recent changes are making waves.
Downtown merchants have been working to bring more foot traffic to the area. But business owners say that narrow streets and few parking lots can sometimes keep shoppers looking for a place to park. These days, folks are able to visit various stores and restaurants and merchants say downtown is a far cry from what it was 10 years ago.
Business owners say they were tired of waiting for the city to work on some landscaping projects, so they decided to take matters into their own hands.
“Downtown has been the heart of the city,” said Sara Trimarchi, co-owner of Piero’s Bistro, “We have come leaps and bounds, but we still have a long way to go.”
Progress was made over the weekend. Walking downtown, you'll notice some changes...new landscaping and a new water project.
“All the people who worked here throughout the weekend were volunteers, the money we are spending at this point is basically our own money,” said Paul Hoelscher of Stuck Architects and Associates.
Area merchants spent about $10,000 dollars. But say the project is far from being done.
“We're going to also need additional money from the city or some other source to help us get everything finished,” said Hoelscher, “There is opportunities for everyone to be involved, the city, the county governments down here as well. there is a lot of individual property and businesses downtown. So there is plenty left to do for everybody.”
“I think we all need to work together to make it happen, and that's what we were trying to do,” said Trimarchi, “We were trying to make it happen.”
If you are looking for something to do downtown, it should be hopping this weekend....
"Jazzing It Up In Downtown" will be going on Saturday night. The festivities will start at 6:30 with a progressive dinner for local restaurants. At 7:30 live music will start and an art auction at 8:30. Tickets purchased before the event are $25 dollars, that night they will be $30.