Jacksonville looking to add plaza downtown

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. —Jacksonville is discussing the possibility of bringing an outdoor pedestrian plaza to downtown. A group of community members brought the project up to the city at a work session in October.

It’s still in the early stages, but the idea could bring more people to the downtown area. The area the city is looking at is on Third Street between Beekman Bank and the new fire hall. The city says funding for the project would need to come through grants.

Jacksonville’s Mayor says the plaza could include things like picnic tables, chairs, umbrellas, or even a stage.

“The concept is for a European style outdoor plaza where people can gather, events can be held, people can socialize and just enjoy the outdoor activities that we have in Jacksonville,” said Donna Bowen.

Bowen says the cons to the project would include losing some parking spots on Third Street, funding, maintenance, and more traffic.

No firm plans are in place to move forward with the project at the moment. The city is still waiting to hear from the public before a decision gets made. It plans to send out a survey to residents. The mayor says more research on funding for the plaza also needs to be done.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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