NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP The North Platte City Council approved two $20,000 North Platte Quality Growth Fund grants Tuesday to help attract new retail businesses to the area.
It's part of the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation's three year agreement with retail recruitment company, Buxton.
Officials said right now they are in communication with two different companies.
A second round of 150 thousand dollars in quality growth funds were also approved to upgrade the facades in the downtown area.
Local architect Stephen Granger says one third of the ninety downtown businesses took advantage of the funds the first go around.
Construction at Philip Avenue from Jeffers to Cottonwood streets could soon be getting underway.
Paulsen Inc. was awarded the $971,697.20 bid to replace some of the pipes and fix drainage problems in that area .
"It's an old canal underneath there and it just probably wasn't compacted or fixed as well as it should've been at the time it was paved to begin with," said North Platte City Engineer Tom Werblow.