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The Jasper Courthouse Square could be getting an extensive upgrade.

Last night Jasper Redevelopment Commission President John Bell told the Jasper City Council that the city is seeking firms with proposals to continue with the city’s Downtown Revitalization project.

Bell says a special committee was created to go over ideas, concepts, and work history of the firms.  Narrowing down the list to two, the committee even visited cities that have benefited from such projects, seeing the results first hand.

Bell says as a part of the 2013 Jasper Downtown Riverfront Plan, the project has been a long time coming.

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz says the Downtown Revitalization Project is more than just a visual upgrade.

The council responded with full support with moving the project forward.  Councilman Kevin Manley thanked Bell for keeping the council updated with the progress of the much needed revitalization.

Again showing support, the council wanted to move forward with funding with an amount not to exceed $150,000, but due to state statute they were not able to take action last night.

Instead the Jasper City Council and the Redevelopment Commission will have a special joint meeting on December 11th at 8am at City Hall to pass funding and so the special committee can present their recommendation.

The city’s various utilities have already been meeting to discuss the improvements they would like to make. Bell also mentioned that they do plan to reach out to the downtown merchants around the square to gather their thoughts on the project.

Mayor Seitz says the city is committed to do the project the right way.

If all is given the go ahead next month, the Redevelopment Commission will begin the planning stage throughout next year with the goal to have any construction begin in early 2017.

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