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This summer AT&T will be vacating its namesake building at 1111 W.  Capitol. The new  owner intends to redevelop the building for a number of uses including office, retail, living etc. The ten story building consist of  370,500 + square feet. There are a number of options the developer is looking at including opening up the middle of the building to the outside and adding a 700 plus space parking deck. If this happens it will be a much needed addition for that section of Capitol Ave.

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Stephens Inc. is buying a couple of buildings on Louisiana St. between 2nd and 3rd for the space for additional parking. Apparently the parking deck that serves the Stephens building is full. Don’t know if it’s going to be surface parking or another deck.

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I wouldn't mind so much if there was a parking deck with shops on the ground floor, but to buy buildings just to tear down for surface parking...ugh! 

I'm sure that Stephens will wall the parking lot off like they did for the Capital Hotel parking lot.  

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9 hours ago, theman said:

Stephens Inc. is buying a couple of buildings on Louisiana St. between 2nd and 3rd for the space for additional parking. Apparently the parking deck that serves the Stephens building is full. Don’t know if it’s going to be surface parking or another deck.

It sounds like the Hyden, Miron & Foster law firm will be on the move, if that's the case.  Their main building on the corner of 2nd and Louisiana adjoins a 109-year-old building at 212 Louisiana, with the former Vratsinas Construction Company headquarters on the other side further south. (VCC moved to Riverdale within the last year.)  You'd think the easier move would've been to buy the surface lot that faces 3rd, and add a deck there (and maybe ground floor shops, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one).

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I concur with others.  If this was a "structured" parking project with ground level retail/office, then great.  But this is SURFACE parking!  Here's hoping that the city doesn't approve this.

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Has anyone taken note of the new McDonald's on Broadway?!  I'm very disappointed with the city's approval of this layout...it is a completely sub-urban setup - a box in the middle of a parking lot - RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN Little Rock!!!  This is arguably the center of the state, and it fails its urban setting.  I don't see why they couldn't have at least required them to place the east end at the Broadway sidewalk.  Sheeeesh....

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21 hours ago, ArkansasTraveler said:

It sounds like the Hyden, Miron & Foster law firm will be on the move, if that's the case.  Their main building on the corner of 2nd and Louisiana adjoins a 109-year-old building at 212 Louisiana, with the former Vratsinas Construction Company headquarters on the other side further south. (VCC moved to Riverdale within the last year.)  You'd think the easier move would've been to buy the surface lot that faces 3rd, and add a deck there (and maybe ground floor shops, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one).

They have relocated to the former American Cancer Society Building on North University.  

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12 hours ago, Architect said:

I concur with others.  If this was a "structured" parking project with ground level retail/office, then great.  But this is SURFACE parking!  Here's hoping that the city doesn't approve this.

It has been reported the land purchased totaled $4.4 million. I think that is a steep price for just a parking lot.

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It has been reported the land purchased totaled $4.4 million. I think that is a steep price for just a parking lot.

It is, until you consider who is buying it.


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On 6/11/2019 at 8:49 PM, Architect said:

I concur with others.  If this was a "structured" parking project with ground level retail/office, then great.  But this is SURFACE parking!  Here's hoping that the city doesn't approve this.

The city is not going to do anything to upset Stephens. 

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Read in the Democrat-Gazette that now two members of the planning commission are against making that a parking lot and approval has been delayed for a month. It’s probably still going to happen but the last thing downtown needs is another parking lot.

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6 hours ago, theman said:

Read in the Democrat-Gazette that now two members of the planning commission are against making that a parking lot and approval has been delayed for a month. It’s probably still going to happen but the last thing downtown needs is another parking lot.

Doesn't do much good to be against it after the buildings are already down. Stephens will always win unfortunately.

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KATV is reporting that the Little Rock Club on the top floor of the Regions building will be closing permanently. They cited never fully recovering membership after the 2008 crisis and now not being able to meet as reasons for closure. Another one bites the dust. 

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KATV is reporting that the Little Rock Club on the top floor of the Regions building will be closing permanently. They cited never fully recovering membership after the 2008 crisis and now not being able to meet as reasons for closure. Another one bites the dust. 

Unfortunate, but perhaps someone will reopen it as a more accessible restaurant once things return somewhat to normal. It would seem there’s going to be a fair amount of carnage from this.


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7 hours ago, Walls99 said:

KATV is reporting that the Little Rock Club on the top floor of the Regions building will be closing permanently. They cited never fully recovering membership after the 2008 crisis and now not being able to meet as reasons for closure. Another one bites the dust. 

I didn’t even know it existed. Looking at the pictures online, it basically just looks like a banquet room. I’m sure someone will take over the space and have it available to rent out again soon. 

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