If you haven’t already noticed… Downtown’s brighter and better than ever!
Each year, the Downtown Jonesboro Association and its volunteers work countlessly to promote Downtown Jonesboro as the place to eat, shop, and live. Social programming takes place, building improvement grants are awarded, and hundreds of thousands of dollars are invested into creating a unique gathering place for our community. This year (it’s almost November?!) was no different.
After numerous hours of talking to individuals, business owners, and downtown residents, DJA and the City of Jonesboro starting planning for a big public improvement project that would encompass all of Main Street, and even branch off into Union Street. Much has been heard about Downtown wanting to move towards brighter, environmental friendly, and energy efficient lighting for our Main Street streetscapes. Plans were drawn, and lighting was purchased, and with some big help from city engineers, the project was able to commence in September! The City of Jonesboro Maintenance department got to work as soon as the new lights came through the door at the city, and finished replacing all of the old fixtures in just a matter of a week to install LED bulb kits in all of our lamp posts Downtown. Count them, that’s 45 posts up and down Main Street spanning six blocks!
So, Downtown’s brighter? Much brighter. The goal of our public improvement project was to change out all of the sodium lit bulbs to enhance the appearance and visibility on the street, but it did more than that. Since installing the new bulb kits, not only are the streets brighter, but the brighter LED lights have helped distribute light more evenly across parking lots and side streets that branch off of Main. In addition, Downtown Jonesboro has a new warm and inviting feel to our already charming atmosphere!
It truly does take a village to help make a big impact on your community. Steve Horton with the City of Jonesboro helped plan the project, right down to what color (we got a little electricity education during this project!) of LED’s we wanted for our lamp posts. The DJA also wants to extend one more big, Downtown “thank you” and appreciation to the City of Jonesboro engineers, Maintenance Department, and our downtown business owners for accomplishing this Main Street transforming project in just one week, and for advocating for more safer and vibrant public spaces.
Be sure to make your way Downtown one night to see our beautiful and bright LED lights at work! We’ll leave the light on for you.