A special Conway City Council meeting has been called for Monday night to consider a resolution in support of a Jump Start Grant Application for the purpose of promoting community and economic development redevelopment efforts along Markham Street.
According to the resolution, the city has "applied for a Jump Start Grant through Metroplan and the Imagine Central Arkansas Partners for up to $180,000 for project plans that address economic development, transportation, housing, development patterns, health and environmental needs."
The grant requires up to $40,000 in match and up to $10,000 in advertising and promotion of the project.
The city plans to use these funds to redevelop the land occupied by Conway Scrap Metal. The resolution states the city "recognizes that the future redevelopment of land currently occupied by Conway Scrap Metal will open up opportunities for redevelopment of the Markham Street Area, a section of downtown, and this area fits well with the goals of the Jump Start Program to develop the region’s experience and knowledge base for creating more livable communities, catalyzing further development in the region."
There is also an ordinance on the table to approve the acquisition of the property at 1110 Spencer Street where Conway Scrap Metal currently sits. The business plans to relocate.
The meeting will be Monday at 5 p.m. in the Conway City Hall downstairs conference room.