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City Council votes to adopt redevelopment code

City departments review actions after March 28 tornado
Ordinance sponsor, Jonesboro Councilman LJ Bryant says several approached him with this change...
Ordinance sponsor, Jonesboro Councilman LJ Bryant says several approached him with this change in 2018 when he was elected.(KAIT-TV)
Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 at 11:12 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council discussed a packed agenda during a rare Thursday night meeting, including downtown development and recovery efforts following the March 28 tornado.

Because of Tuesday’s National Night Out, the city moved the meeting to Thursday.

Time is running out for homeowners who’ve not started cleaning up following the March Tornado as the city will soon impose fees and possibly condemnation processes for properties.

Chief of Staff Mike Downing says some property owners have not started reconstruction.

Some homeowners, according to Downing, are currently on a waiting list for a contractor. Others haven’t settled claims with their insurance companies. Some owners have decided to abandon the property.

Downing noted the city the city will impose normal permit fees after Nov. 1.

He said the city will notify the owners of damaged property that have not applied must apply for Dec. 1.

If they don’t, the city will start a boarding ordinance or condemnation process.

For those with the debris, the city is now enforcing codes.

Region 8 News previously talked with Police Chief Rick Elliott and Fire Chief Kevin Miller about their department’s response to the tornado.

Council Members voted to adopt the Downtown Jonesboro Redevelopment District Code.

The 70-plus page code will guide the future development and redevelopment of downtown by dividing areas into four districts.

As Region 8 news first reported, the four districts include core mixed-use, commercial mixed-use, industrial arts, neighborhood transition.

The project also focuses on building frontages with focus on pedestrians, sidewalks, lighting and parking spaces.

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