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Joplin's Downtown Continues To Expand South Of 7th Street

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In the last year, 11 new businesses have moved to downtown Joplin, and now even more construction is happening south of 7th Street.  

"I love the downtown look and feel of any town, but especially Joplin, I've always lived here and loved this area," said the owner of Hurley's Heroes, Jason Hurley. 

Hurley's comic and game shop is located a few blocks south of 7th Street in Joplin. He opened his business a little over a year ago, and now he plans to live above the shop in one of four new loft apartments the owner is constructing.

"There's been a lot of expansion in this direction, which is really great, it's was traditionally that downtown was between 2nd and 7th, and it seems like it's been pushing in both directions, I know with the Gryphon Building and with all of the new businesses opening up on this side of 7th it's really been great," Hurley said.

According to the city any business in downtown's "Historical Sunshine Lamp District" can benefit from federal tax credits for renovating historical property. The district stretches between 1st Street and 8th Street on Main; and between 5th Street and 6th Street on Joplin Avenue. Tax credits are also available for historical buildings outside of those area.

Something Kristin Duncan, who works for Corner Greer and Associates says was a big draw for the architecture firm she works for. CGA also moved south of 7th Street a little over a year ago. 

"We chose downtown because we're definitely interested in seeing the revitalization of downtown and we think that downtown Joplin is really thriving right now, and it's just a fun place to be," Duncan said.
 
And Joplin's Assistant City Manager agrees. Sam Anselm says that revitalizing downtown was a huge goal for the city prior to the tornado. And now with big events like Third Thursday drawing in crowds from 1st street through 13th on Main; to Mercy choosing their new location past the Highway on 44th, the perception of downtown is changing. 

"The trend is for young people and young families to kind of move to new urban type centers and downtown Joplin is that area for us," Anselm said.
 
And Hurley says the city of Joplin and the Downtown Alliance has done a great job of supporting growth.
 
"All the events that we have downtown are great, and the downtown Joplin Alliance does a great job of promoting those things and letting people know instead of just the retail up on Rangeline," Hurley said.
 
And with CGA saying they are working on several businesses right now on Main Street on both sides of 7th, Hurley is confident that growth will not only continue, but that it will only seek to help his business and downtown. 


List of new downtown businesses opened in the past year, according to Trisha Patton of The Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

"We have counted eleven new businesses in Downtown Joplin in the last year including:  
NICHOLAS K CLARK STUDIO,
JOPLIN REGIONAL BUSINESS JOURNAL,
JB'S FAR SIDE OF THE MOON,
PALACE PIZZA, M&M BISTRO,
CALDONE'S SPEAKEASY,
WOOD & WIRE GUITARS,
BAEBALOU,
GAELIC CALLINGS,
HURLEY'S HEROES
AND THE COSMOPOLITAN EVENT CENTER.  

OTHERS WHO STAYED DOWNTOWN BUT MOVED STOREFRONTS INCLUDE
DANCE UNIVERSE
AND FORGET ME NOT. 

There are several other businesses who have moved to the urban core that are not in the retail or restaurant sector that are harder for us to keep track of."

To find information on new plans from the city, visit it's website here, or contact them by phone at 1-417-624-0820.
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