Council Approves Next Phase Of East Town Survey

Council Approves Next Phase Of East Town Survey
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The City of Joplin moving forward with plans for the East Town area.
The project started earlier this year with phase one working to identify key historic assets in the East Town neighborhood – which runs along Broadway, which is, more importantly known as Langston Hughes Boulevard.
But city officials say they’ve been working longer than that.
Troy Bolander, City of Joplin: “We’ve been there for the last few years, we’ve tried to address some housing issues, some infrastructure issues and we’ll continue that as well, the ultimate goal is to revitalize that area.”
Phase two, approved by council, continues that research – and for the ‘new kids on the block’, at Bookhouse Cinema, they’re ready to see what’s next.
Holly Crane, Bookhouse Cinema: “When you talk with the residents of this neighborhood, they have nothing but wonderful things to say about the history of this neighborhood.”
Over the years, for those native to Joplin, East Town has developed a less than positive reputation, which both Crane and Bolander say is undeserved.
However, Crane is ready for the effort to completely wash away the former reputation of the neighborhood.
Crane: “I’m ready for a new positive identity for East Town to just be something sort of like Westport is in Kansas City, where it’s known to be where you go for entertainment and food.”
As for phase two…
Bolander: “What that will entail is hopefully getting historic preservation architectural firm to continue that analysis of east town defining those districts or those set boundaries that we could hopefully take into historical designation.”
But there are many other ideas coming to the table – which residents will begin to see as time goes on.
Also on tonight’s agenda, an update from Clifford Wert about the new entertainment and performing arts complex proposed for the Memorial Hall parking lot.
According to Wert, thanks to several new private contributions, they hope to be at their fund raising goal by the end of this year.