LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Forced to rebuild after a devastating tornado, the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia continue to see new plans that hope to bring a fresh look and a new feel to the towns.
The plan is to create new developments similar to what you see along the Arkansas River in the Argenta District in North Little Rock. Jumpstart is hoping to create a "heart of the town" feeling for both Mayflower and Vilonia.
"This is a chance for them to come back and redevelop and put in place what has never been in place," said Metroplan Executive Director Tab Townsell.
The former mayor of Conway said plans are already in the beginning stages for Mayflower. The development plans to use federal dollars to invest in street scapes and street systems. Townsell said these improvements will spark interest from the private sector.
"That would enhance an environment to make it more attractive for private investors, business to develop housing, to develop commercial businesses along this street grid," he said.
The concept would create an urban style of look, creating a more neighborhood vibe.
"Where it's a walk-able street that you would want to stroll down past homes or businesses," Townsell said. "It wouldn't be so wide that it wouldn't be intimidating to cross."
Townsell said the goal is to make the town centered around a human being rather than a vehicle.
The city of Mayflower has submitted plans to an engineering firm while Vilonia is still working on their vision for the future.