Grant provides master plan for future upgrades to historic courthouse

Grant provides master plan for future upgrades to historic courthouse

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Officials are looking into making upgrades to the Craighead County Courthouse, and as a historic building, there are several funding opportunities to lessen the burden on taxpayers.

A grant the county just received will also help determine what upgrades they need and what money they can apply for.

It’s through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and the process will really create a road map of what issues the courthouse has and what grants officials can apply for to fix them.

County Judge Marvin Day said the $22,000 grant should cover the cost of the entire master plan.

An architect will survey the courthouse, looking at everything from cosmetic updates to flooding concerns.

From there, the county will get a master plan outlining what problems first need to be addressed.

“Let’s say, our roof is in bad shape and needs to be replaced, then we can apply for future grants to cover those expenses, but the first step is you have to have the master plan done,” Day said. “That was really the driving force on getting in this program, so that we had some access to some grant money for it.”

He said they have already advertised for the architectural services needed and are expecting the proposals back next week.

If all goes as planned, Day hopes to have the outlined plan finished by the end of the year.

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