North Platte City Council approves 'Canteen District' project

A representative from Paulsen Inc. answers questions at the North Platte City Council Meeting concerning the Canteen District project downtown. (Source: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The North Platte City Council met tonight to address important upgrades to Downtown North Platte.

The Council approved a $2.81 million bid from Paulsen Inc. of Cozad to begin working on the Canteen District downtown.

The project consists of improvements made to the sewer, water, street sidewalk and lighting.

The plan covers Jeffers Street to Chestnut as well as 4th to 6th Street.

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the construction is the hindrance to businesses in the area.

"The Downtown Association is taking on the responsibility to communicate to the business sector down there person to person to let them know exactly what's going on," said Downtown Association's Alan Hirschfeld.

"It's not going to be easy for any of us that are located in this. But it's going to be the most wonderful thing when it's all done."

Paulsen Inc. could start construction as early as Spring 2020.