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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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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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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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