Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jackson begins initial DREAM planning

JACKSON, MO (KRCU) - The City of Jackson has decided to move forward with its Uptown improvements by taking advantage of its D.R.E.A.M. status.

Jackson is in the first three stages of its D.R.E.A.M. process, which consists of examining buildings and consumer surveys. The plan will cost between $150 thousand and $180 thousand, with a $36 thousand match. It’s payable over three years.

Mayor Barbara Lohr says that she was surprised and pleased when Jackson was selected as a member of the D.R.E.A.M. team but decided to let the planning be left to the professionals, PGAV, Inc., a planning firm. The Missouri Development Finance Board contracted PGAV in order to provide planning to the D.R.E.A.M. cities.

“They get a nice vision. When I look at visions I see dollar signs. Oh, how much is that going to cost? I will probably do better just to leave my mind wide open to that,” Lohr said.

D.R.E.A.M. stands for the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistant for Missouri.

The D.R.E.A.M. initiative is available for small and mid-sized Missouri communities to access state programs that revitalize downtown areas and create jobs. It helps communities to renovate the areas and draw new businesses in.

Rachel Weatherford, KRCU


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