Disaster cleanup

People work together March 29 to clean debris and check damage from the March 28 tornado at the intersection of Race Street and South Caraway Road in Jonesboro.

JONESBORO — City officials have issued permits for almost $11 million in construction projects directly tied to the March 28 tornado, according to a list of projects provided by Bill Campbell, Jonesboro’s communications director.

And the cost is expected to rise as some property owners are awaiting bids from contractors.

The city has waived more than $13,000 in permit fees the city normally collects for construction projects.

“We’ve worked hard to not make anyone pay out-of-pocket money to the city to recover from the tornado,” Mayor Harold Perrin said Thursday.

The projects range from $2,000 residential fencing jobs, to two $2 million reconstruction projects at The Mall at Turtle Creek.

Campbell said mall anchor stores Dillard’s and JC Penney are the $2 million projects. Dillard’s had to replace its north side wall and make some roof repairs, while JC Penney is replacing its roof.

Dillard’s is said to be wrapping up its work and could reopen soon, Campbell said.

Two smaller mall stores have also begun work, he said.

Other commercial projects include Anita’s Park, 2110 Fair Park Blvd., $422,334; Ima’s Fashions, 2125 Fair Park Blvd., $275,000; Magic Touch, 2605 S. Caraway Road, $93,672; and three airplane hangers at the Jonesboro Municipal Airport, valued at about $500,000 each.

At last count, 70 homes were either being repaired or rebuilt, according to the list. Some of the homes approach $300,000 in value.