More housing planned in North Jonesboro

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 9:29 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:25 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - More than 100 new homes are planned for North Jonesboro.

The area had to go through the process of rezoning, which ended on Tuesday, Jan. 18, with a unanimous vote.

The Jonesboro City Council voted to approve rezoning property connected to Bettie Street near North Church Street.

The property was zoned R-1, single-family housing. Now it is PD-R, or planned development residential, which allows for housing options such as duplexes.

The proposed plan would include 115 lots on 30 acres with each lot having two housing units.

North Jonesboro resident Billy Brown said they were “discouraged that rezoning has become such an easy process and easy option.”

Many residents near the rezoned area had mixed opinions.. Some were opposed, while others were for the progress. However, they were still skeptical about the change.

“At least try to make sure it is affordable to live in. And don’t just come in and put more housing,” said Janelle Hendrix. “Come in and put sidewalks and make it better for the neighborhood overall.”

The biggest concern for Hendrix was an increase in traffic.

“People hit this corner, they don’t stop,” she said. “They almost run over the kids out here.”

The developers and the property owners, Roger and Sylvia Watkins, say this would be an investment for North Jonesboro. They are looking at nearly $30 million that will go into building the housing.

The land has not been developed since 1993. There is no set timeline on when work will begin on the project.

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