Open House For Downtown Revitalization Project In City Of Laurel Slated For Thursday

LAUREL – After being canceled in November due to COVID concerns, a Downtown Revitalization open house has been rescheduled for this Thursday in a northeast Nebraska community.

Thursday’s event is will be a come-and-go setting with no formal presentation at the Laurel City Auditorium (101 West 2nd Street).

Keith Knudsen, President/CEO of Security Bank, was elected Mayor in November and was on city council for 10 years prior to that.

He said those attending the open house will have the opportunity to learn more about the project.

“So, we’ll have some city officials there,” said Knudsen. “We’ll also have representatives from JEO and some representatives from Penro Construction as well to talk to whoever is able to attend.”

JEO and the City of Laurel will be hosting the Downtown Revitalization Project Open House between 4 – 6 p.m. with the main reason to inform the public along with keeping the downtown businesses up to date on how this would impact them through the Summer.

The City of Laurel has entered into a contract with Penro Construction out of Pender as the general contractor. The $3.6 million project is scheduled to begin in late April and conclude by November of 2021.

Knudsen added there are no storm sewers in downtown Laurel and the sidewalks were in serious need of replacement.

“The project will include new water and sewer lines, new storm sewer, new streets and sidewalks, new street lights and some greenscape; as far as trees and plants,” Knudsen added.

The project expanded with the addition of a Laurel Community Center that is just out for bids right now as another block was added to the project.

“I would encourage every body to reach out to myself or the city administrator, Mark McCoy or the economic development coordinator, Chris Rasmussen,” Knudsen mentioned. “We’ve been trying to reach out to the businesses that will be impacted ahead of time. But if anyone has any questions at all feel free anytime you can reach out to any of us.”

This open house will allow community members to ask any questions they have and see the projected timeline while talking with the engineer and contractor.