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Frank Fletcher has announced he will build a 10 story tower for his Wyndham hotel in NLR. The 100 room addition will be located across the street from Dickey-Stephens Park. He will first have to demolish 40 rooms of the hotel now in place to make room for the tower. Construction could begin within four months.

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I've stayed at that Wyndham before and have often wondered about it's potential. Glad to see a high rise in the works.

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I've stayed at that Wyndham before and have often wondered about it's potential. Glad to see a high rise in the works.

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If I remember correctly, I remember seeing the construction site for Dickey Stephens not too far from the Wydham as well.

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If I remember correctly, I remember seeing the construction site for Dickey Stephens not too far from the Wydham as well.

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Look at the picture in the post that opened the thread. Only a two-lane street separates them. Put a different way, you could watch the games from the hotel. The unfortunate flip side of that is that you can probably hear them from the hotel as well.

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Frank Fletcher is a pretty wealthy guy, he owns a number of auto dealerships in Central and NW Arkansas and a really random assortment of other companies.

That Wyndham is nice and has quality restaurants - a Benihana and a prime steakhouse, Riverfront Steakhouse as well as decent conference space. Still, to be a top hotel you really have to have some height. A 10-story room tower will add a lot of visibility and I'd be shocked if he doesn't significantly expand the meeting space.

It's also a perfect location for visiting teams and fans with games at Alltel or Dickey-Stephens or for concert-goers at Alltel.

Fletcher can afford to do this out of his petty cash so I would take this as a certainly it will be built.

This will also give NLR another mid-rise to go along with the old TCB building. Now it needs a condo tower.

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I get all those car dealer owners mixed up. Steve, Larry, Frank...

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Look at the picture in the post that opened the thread. Only a two-lane street separates them. Put a different way, you could watch the games from the hotel. The unfortunate flip side of that is that you can probably hear them from the hotel as well.

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The article mentioned that he was planning on building a 17 story tower if Alltel had a large impact on bringing guests to the area. Guess that didn't work out. But with Dickey-Stephens and all the other things going on in downtown NLR and LR, this is a welcomed addition. It is used a lot as overflow for conventions at the Statehouse as well. That hotel brings in a lot of revenue as well and would have been ranked 4th behind the Peabody, Embassy Suites and DoubleTree if it were in LR.

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The article mentioned that he was planning on building a 17 story tower if Alltel had a large impact on bringing guests to the area. Guess that didn't work out. But with Dickey-Stephens and all the other things going on in downtown NLR and LR, this is a welcomed addition. It is used a lot as overflow for conventions at the Statehouse as well. That hotel brings in a lot of revenue as well and would have been ranked 4th behind the Peabody, Embassy Suites and DoubleTree if it were in LR.

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There is talk that the tower will be taller than 10 floors. Mr. Fletcher has made the comment that he might add some condos to the hotel tower due to request for them.

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There is talk that the tower will be taller than 10 floors. Mr. Fletcher has made the comment that he might add some condos to the hotel tower due to request for them.

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