Jackson MI park with food trucksJACKSON, MI – Many downtown Jackson business owners and residents say the possibility of a new park on the grounds of the former Consumers Energy site is a positive development for the city.

City officials recently voted to move forward with a plan to convert the former headquarters at 212 W. Michigan Ave. into a park, featuring space for food trucks and the possibility of a movie screen.

The project would cost about $400,000 according to officials, who say the tab will be covered using federal funds.

“Sounds like a great idea and I’m really excited for it,” said Tim Stairs, owner of Nostalgia Ink. “Getting more people downtown is always a good thing.”

Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch said the plan is to have the park open by July 4, 2014.

Carlos Perez, owner of Chilango’s Burrito Bar on the corner of Michigan Avenue and S. Mechanic Street, said he’s “very happy” with all the new niceties opening in downtown Jackson. Perez opened Chilango’s Burrito Bar earlier this year.

“Business owners and the DDA are trying hard to revive downtown Jackson,” he said. “A new park is a great addition.”

“Living downtown just keeps getting better.”

Perez said his Mexican restaurant lends itself well to the possibility of a Chilango’s food truck downtown.

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