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City Hall construction, new businesses all pushing towards Canton economic development plan

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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- Many businesses in the Tri-States suffered a rough year that might go into a second year.

In one Northeast Missouri community, that doesn't seem to be the case, as several businesses have moved in and expanded in canton over the past year.

Canton, Missouri Mayor Jarrod Phillips said he hopes it all works to boosts an economic development plan he said is just getting started.

Phillips said with the new city hall under construction, it's one of many new developments in town they're banking on improving life in the city long term.

Tuesday, crews were pouring concrete and wiring up the electric for the new city hall at the former Golden Ruler building at Lewis and N. 4th Street in downtown Canton.

"This building will bring us up to ADA standards and making it easier for citizens to get in, take care of their municipal business, our courtroom will also be here all on one floor," said Phillips.

He said the new city hall is part of a larger strategic plan they've been developing with Missouri Mainstreet Connection, an economic development non-profit.

Phillips said the new city hall isn't the only thing that's changed downtown in canton over the past year though.

"We've been fortunate during the COVID-19 downturn to see some of our businesses here expand and or move into brick and mortar, it's very exciting," said Phillips.

Businesses like Connie's Boutique and Electric Fountain Coffee are already open, and an expansion to Phillip's own restaurant, Primo's Pizza, as well as other businesses are looking to open soon.

Vance LaSala, co-owner at the Flower Mill Trading Post and Tourism Committee board member said it's something he's glad to see.

"Any new business brings in new people to the town that may not have been here before, which brings new people into my shop. So, we welcome all businesses coming to the town for sure," said LaSala.

Phillips said it's something they hope to continue to capitalize on to continue to increase local tax revenue.

"We see the town beginning to grow our revenues have been good over the last decade and we, we believe that there's some potential for us to continue growing, not only in our downtown but along the Highway 61 corridor," said Phillips.

Construction on the new city hall is expected to wrap up by the end of August this summer.

Phillips said the new city hall will cost about $718,000 dollars barring any changes, which the city approved the funds last year.

Meanwhile the plan is for the old city hall to become the police department.

The city is working on a new board of public works building as well, which Phillips said will keep expensive equipment out of the elements.

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