Jonesboro man fights for downtown makeover

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro businessman's dream of bringing life to downtown Jonesboro seems more promising.

Ted Herget, the owner of Gearhead Outfitters, has worked on multiple projects in downtown, one of which is the Midtown development that sits at the corner of Oak and Cobb.

"Jonesboro has what it takes, it has the people to make this area great," Herget said.

The Midtown housing development is made up of about a dozen 1200-square foot townhomes.

However, before the project comes to completion, Herget is already working with the city to rezone land he owns across the street from the development to add more housing.

"I want people to be able to live here, walk to work, restaurants, hangout and take their dogs for a walk," Herget said. "This has been so fun. It's like a hobby for me."

Herget's plan for the potential rezoning property is simply to mirror the product of the current Midtown project under construction while working with the city to duplicate the zoning to add additional housing at Oak and Citizen.

"You know, I'm just wanting to clean up some of the uninhabitable and try to create a habitable and walkable little neighborhood," he said. "I just want a cool place for cool kids to come back and stay here. That's kind of the art behind this."

Herget has requested rezoning for the land at Oak and Citizen. He is working with Jonesboro's MAPC to advance forward.

Meanwhile, the first portion of the Midtown development should be complete by May.

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