Once removed, the buildings — which include a former print shop and a behavioral health center — will be turned into greenspace, including gardens, walking paths, a pavilion and central grassy place similar to the one at Atlantic Station. It also will open up views of buildings along the city’s historic Main Street, which could be reconfigured to have second entrances on the back to accommodate greenspace visitors.
A fire museum already on the property could also be renovated to add a restaurant to lure visitors for longer stays.
“Any small town or city in the country wants to have an identity … something to put a tack on the map to say this is home,” Clayton Commissioner Michael Edmondson said. “This redevelopment of Broad Street is a giant step toward redeveloping that identity.”
Jonesboro City Manager Ricky Clark said the project, which should take a year to complete, said some of the ideas for the design were inspired by trips city leaders made to Douglasville, Lawrenceville and Duluth. Liking what they saw, the leaders decided to incorporate the results into their vision for Jonesboro.
“To coin a phrase from our Main Street community, ‘rip off and duplicate,’” Clark laughed.
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