Bright future for downtown North Platte

Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 6:55 PM CST
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As board members of North Platte's Downtown Association wait to hear if their request for funding is approved for their landscaping project, we're learning two buildings could soon have new tenants.

NBC Nebraska has confirmed Jazzercise will be moving into the building on the corner of 5th and Dewey Streets in May.

Contractors are currently working inside the Hinman Building, the former Johnny Thai Restaurant.

Owner, BJ Stenger, is not quite comfortable with releasing too many details, but is not ruling out rumors it could be a restaurant and bar.

Association board members says they're ecstatic to see entrepreneurs buying into the idea of what downtown district's have to offer.

"It's the nostalgia of it and I think people remember when they were little walking up and down the streets window shopping and all of that," said North Platte Downtown Association Board President Sarah Talbott. "So if we can just bring it back to them, it will be fantastic. Were really on the way; it's coming along very nicely."

We also tried to reach out to Todd Bissell who owns the building that used to house the former Brown Herrano Photography in regards to the plans for the building, but were unsuccessful.

There will be a 100 percent occupancy rate on Dewey Street between 5th and 6th Streets once the Hinman Building is complete.

In 2018, there were seven vacant locations along that stretch.

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