Quantcast

Downtown Joplin Alliance Prepare Old Empire Building for Open Ho - KOAM TV 7

Downtown Joplin Alliance Prepare Old Empire Building for Open House

Updated:
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Volunteers and the Downtown Joplin Alliance have been busy preparing a donated piece of property for a weekend open house. At the end of December, Empire handed over the keys to an old facility on 4th Street. The goal now is for DJA to turn it into a 4-season market.
The list of things to be done before the weekend is long but officials with the downtown Joplin alliance are confident that with the help of volunteers, the items will get checked off the list. Carolina Neal is one of those volunteers, dedicating her time to help with even the simplest tasks.
“Cleaning,” she laughs. “I'm good at cleaning.”
This time she picks up a paint brush, sprucing up the conference room on the upstairs level where office space will be available for rent. For Neal, volunteering her personal time is a no brainer.
“Joplin is my home now. I left my [Costa Rica] a long time ago and came here and this is my home and when you have a home, you take care of your home,” says Neal.
Dozens of others have helped the past few weeks, cleaning and even collaborating on murals to transform the old Empire building into a year round market.
“People’s excitement and buy in level is such that they're willing to come and give of themselves to help make this thing a reality,” says Ivy Hagedorn, a board member with the DJA.
A reality they hope will be a cultural destination not just for locals, but for people all over the region. Hagedorn says they've had a great response from the community, a sign of what's to come.
“People are excited about this and I think rightfully so," she says.
The volunteers look past what's left to be done and see what the space will bring to the city.
“We need to grow we need to invest in our community and create places and activities to people to want to be here,” says Neal.
The open house is Saturday afternoon, it starts at 1. The plan is to have the market open by this summer.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-20 18:00:38 GMT
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
  • Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-02-20 17:50:14 GMT
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:55 AM EST2018-02-20 15:55:46 GMT

    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

    More >>

    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.