Parks and road projects on the Webb City “state of the city” agenda

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The welcome mat is out – that’s the message from the Webb City mayor today as city leaders talk about the “state of the city.”

The focus ranges from parks and road projects to the economy. A crowd showed up for the “state of the city” address today – looking to see what’s next for the city of flags.

“We now have Shop Hops and marketplaces,” says Erin Turner, WC Econ. Development.

Just one example of growth in the Webb City economy – single day increases five times a normal shopping day in the downtown area. And that’s just existing businesses.

“The state of economic development is very good right now, we’re bringing in lots of new businesses right now,” says Carl Francis, WC City Administrator.

In fact, there was $3.6 million in commercial construction in 2018, including the start of a new Atwoods location on the east side of town.

“We’re proud of the progress in Centennial Park – Atwoods is obviously going to be the anchor,” says Carl Francis.

A site that will hopefully be ready to open in the next couple of months. City Administrator Carl Francis highlighted ongoing changes in a State of the City address. He adds the construction boom also extends to homes and apartments.

“We’re working really hard with residential construction. People, we’re getting whole new neighborhoods coming up here in Webb City,” says Francis.

Drivers will also see big changes on and off the road in the coming months.

“We have a lot of infrastructure needs, a lot of infrastructure concerns here in Webb City,” says Francis.

That includes $600,000 in street overlays, new sidewalks along three busy roads and a new safety island at the Frisco Trail crossing with Highway 171. Even the water system will get a boost in 2019.

“We’re going to increase well depths and and we’re going to add a new well,” says Francis.

They’re already working on events for the warmer months, including Cruise-A-Palooza and the summer concert series. There could be some new city leaders helping to carry out that vision.

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