zman9810

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  1. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    The Sears closing at the NWA Mall could be a huge redevelopment opportunity. Imagine someone taking the chance to redevelop the Sears space as a convention center and building a high end hotel there to complement it. There is plenty of surface parking not being utilized at the mall and vacant space just south of the mall to accommodate any development. The mall area is still a very desirable area for dining, entertainment and shopping. Such a plan would help not only rejuvenate the mall (a big sales tax earner for the city) but provide an amenity that Fayetteville is lacking. It would be worth the City of Fayetteville to look at a way to help such a project along.
  2. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Hopefully they think outside the box and don't recruit another failing company. It probably would not work as a movie theater but dividing it up into some sort of community space or offices might be feasible. Fayetteville needs a large convention center type space and there are hotels close by. Even residential of some type could be looked at.
  3. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    I did not make it to the MLK/I49 interchange improvements public meeting but I have seen a concern expressed that the flyover option would limit visibility. If I had made it to the meeting maybe I would have understood this but as it is I'm wondering what it is that would not be visible. If one is entering an on ramp the only thing that is important to be visible is the ramp itself and the traffic in front and behind. The height of the walls of the flyover should not be a concern as looking away from the roadway is distracted driving- a common source of accidents.
  4. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Improvements to the MLK/I49 interchange are still being discussed. Its shocking to see that spending an extra 10 million dollars and taking out several buildings occupied by operating businesses is being considered. This action would be needed to accommodate the "loop" option for rightaway. The "flyover" option can be built within the existing rightaway and seems to be a much safer way of helping traffic flow. The loop option requires an acceleration out of the tight curve to 65 mph in order to merge. The flyover option gives much better sight distance and smoother merging. Hopefully the highway department isn't pushed into a bad choice.
  5. Rogers, Arkansas

    Isn't this being paid for by the owner's of the property to the east of I49? If so, its a good example of private/ government cooperation.
  6. College Avenue Developments

    Looks like MediServe walk in clinic is planned for that lot where Cheers used to be. Its a relocation from their current location close by to a new building on that lot.
  7. Bentonville, Arkansas

    I agree with you- between Crystal Bridges and the Bentonville Film Fest the city has become the cultural center for the state. That fact makes it even more surprising that the Walton Family Foundation seems to have pulled back on plans for the large performing arts center that had been anticipated for Benton county.
  8. Bentonville, Arkansas

    Because I live in Fayetteville I don't have as much interest in Bentonville's development as some but it's a major player in our metro. I wonder what that city wants to become. The general feel is that there are opposing views- some want downtown Bentonville to remain the quaint town square from Sam's time and those who want the area to become a much more urban center. It seems well on its way to becoming a more urban center but without the corporate presence such that that is growing in SW Rogers. As I've told many visitors to NWA- we are just a large surburb without a city center.
  9. The soon to be named Arkansas Transportation Department made a good call on the renovation of I49 between Mountainburg and Greenland. The road surface compares to driving on new construction. Its been a pain with the one lane driving at times but the end result is fantastic. The choice to use asphalt on the big reconstruction project along I40 and other interstates in Arkansas is coming back to bite the department. The road surface is deteriorating in places as is to be expected with asphalt. Reconstruction with concrete would have lasted much longer. The choice to use asphalt was made because it was cheaper, quicker and more miles of interstate could be repaired. The downside is that the roads are going to need another major repair job when money is even tighter now than years ago. Hopefully some of the stretches of interstate most in need such as I40 between I49 and I540 can be redone with concrete the next time around. That stretch doubles as the E/W and N/S route in that area. I'm sure there are other instances of interstate that do double duty that could use a more permanent fix, also.
  10. Rogers, Arkansas

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Kind of the wrong forum to use for WM bashing and scare posts.
  11. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    I see- its the city being proactive in guiding development. They may as well do away with the old zoning regs instead of piecemeal approach.
  12. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    There are about half dozen city rezoning signs along N. College from Maple to North St- both sides of the street. Some are on developed lots and even one on the parking lot at the SE corner of College and North. Can't imagine them all being owned by the same person. Wonder what is going on?
  13. Springdale, Arkansas

    More on the Arkansas Children's Northwest progress. http://talkbusiness.net/2017/03/physicians-tower-possible-700-jobs-part-of-phase-ii-at-arkansas-childrens-northwest/
  14. Fayetteville, Arkansas

    I went to the Walton Arts Center re-opening last weekend and was thrilled to see that the renovations went far beyond superficial improvements to the visible parts of the center. Major improvements to the backstage infrastructure mean that the facility will be able to handle the requirements of modern Broadway productions and the Starr Theater will be a true black box amenity while Baum Walker is hosting. The lobby is beautiful and much more accessible to Dickson Street. I will always think that Fayetteville would have been the better place for the large theater that will be built in Bentonville but since that debate was concluded years ago I'm thrilled that Fayetteville has a first class PAC that any city would be happy to have. NWA is growing to the point where it should be able to support two high quality PAC's and they both thrive.
  15. Uptown Fayetteville Development Area

    Good pics. That area is going through a dramatic growth spurt that will lead to more development. The Buffalo Wild Wings is starting actual construction and a Generations Bank branch is going next to the new UA credit union headquarters. Its great seeing the residential development in a mostly commercial area.