Jefferson City to see new construction

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn (WVLT)- An economic makeover is on the way for Jefferson City.

Some new buildings are already in place, with another on the way and community leaders hope that's just the beginning!

A new 3.5 million dollar library will be built in the City Center.

Director of the library, Barbara Shelton, says she's looking forward to all the new space and technology.

"People can enjoy WiFi, and more computer usage, there will be more patron computers, plus a larger reading area for the children," says Shelton.

Mayor Mark Potts is excited too, "What we need primarily in the library and in the city is space, we don't have a lot of space, so there will be a meeting room for community events."

The library will offer a free Genealogy room, reading areas for children and E-books.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, business owners are pushing for a revitalization of downtown.

Ailene Combs is on a committee to help restore some of the historic buildings, she has also owned Cloud 9 Hair Salon in downtown for 32 years.

"We're hoping that we can get people in here to see what we're doing and participate and buy some of the buildings," she says.

Combs remembers when downtown used to be so busy you couldn't even find a parking spot, now every other building is empty.

James Foster is in the process of fixing up some of the buildings, and he's hoping more work will come his way.

"We'd like to get it going again for businesses or anything...but right now it's a little hard, everything is worn down but, if we can get a grant that would be good," says Foster.

City Council will be discussing the possibility of grants at the next city council meeting.

The 16,000 square foot library will start construction next year.

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