Chaffee Crossing is the premier economic development engine of Arkansas at the center point of the nation’s crossroads. It is a 7,000 acre redevelopment where natural resources, transportation, affordable living and national history converge. Chaffee Crossing is poised to become Arkansas’ premier community where Smart Growth planning is key. This is where community and commerce truly connect. Begin exploring the opportunities now!
May Land Sales And Development Explode
FCRA board members approved $770,000 in land sales in May. The sale of three properties are for development of two medical clinics and an oil and gas exploration company. During the month, significant construction began on the new ArcBest headquarters and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. See related articles here.
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Officially Underway
ArcBest Corporation ceremonially broke ground April 15 for a new $40 million corporate headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined the celebration as well as R.A. Young, III, son of ArcBest Founder, R.A. Young, Jr. The four-story, 200,000 sf building will sit high on the western ridge by the McClure Amphitheater, overlooking the southern portion of Fort Smith. See photos from the ceremony here.
April 15, 2015 May 25, 2015
Late 2016/Early 2017
AR College of Osteopathic Medicine
The board and staff of the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine officially broke ground for the facility at Chaffee Crossing on March 3, 2015. See candid photos from the ceremony here and read news articles on our News page.
March 3, 2015 May 29, 2015
Don Keesee Joins FCRA Board
FCRA board members and the Sebastian County Quorum Court recently
approved Don Keesee as the newest member of the FCRA Board of Directors.
Don will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer of the board. FCRA welcomes his contributions toward the development of Chaffee Crossing.
Chaffee Crossing Historic District Expanded
The Chaffee Crossing Historic Preservation Organization (CCHPO) recently announced that the National Register of Historic Places Listing for the Camp Chaffee Historic District has been officially expanded with 14 more buildings and structures. The district, comprised of WWII-era barracks, administration, dining and recreational buildings and structures, is primarily located between Terry St., Taylor Ave., Ward Ave., Ellis St. and Darby Ave.
New additions to the listing are the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority office, 7020 Taylor Ave., Fort Smith, which served as a Headquarters Building #100 from 1941 to 1997, as well as the complex of administration buildings on each side of the office. Also included is the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #467 Museum, a theater building currently occupied by the McCafferty Irish Dance Council, a fire station remodeled in 2011 now being used by ATU-Ozark Campus, the Enchanted Doll Museum, Fantasies at the Fort, and one other privately owned building. Other structures added to the register listing include a chimney from a camp recreational hall, two building foundations, a fountain foundation, and a section of railroad between Taylor Avenue and Ward Avenue.
For more information, read the full media release.
For information on the new Chaffee Veterans Memorial Plaza, click here.
Mitsubishi Facility Listed For Sale
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Ivy Owen has issued the following statement regarding the release of information by Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas that it has listed its facility at Chaffee Crossing, Fort Smith, Arkansas, for sale.
“We know that Mitsubishi is still looking within its family of companies for a suitable
use for the Chaffee Crossing facility. However, the company’s decision to list the property
for sale is really best for all--it should help to accomplish the desired end result and that
is the creation of jobs. We hope these steps will result in an appropriate use of this facility
by Mitsubishi or another company.”
Wanda Watson & Mark Albertson
Fort Smith BBQ Society
Carnival Style Food
$10 Cover and All Proceeds Benefit the Chaffee Crossing Historic District Veterans Memorial Plaza Project.
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