Chaffee Crossing is the economic development engine of western Arkansas and also the center point of the nation’s crossroads for business. Over $1 BILLION in capital investments have been made since 2000 when the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority trust was formed. Today, a number of industrial and commercial businesses have helped to create more than 1,400 jobs, there are 19 residential developments and a number of recreational amenities. People live, work and play here every day. This is Arkansas’ premier community where Smart Growth planning is key. Get on board now--Chaffee Crossing is a community on the rise!
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Ribbon Cutting & Open House - June 1, 11:30 a.m.
Cory Green owner of Greenview Lawns and Justin Green, Custom Home Builder, will host a ribbon cutting and open house at their new offices on June 1 at 11:30 a.m. Friends are invited to see their new facility at 8200 Chad Colley Blvd., Fort Smith.
Applicant Information Office Is Open
Applicant Information hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for their new offices at 7612 Taylor Ave., Fort Smith, on May 20. The company provides drug testing and background information for employers.
Fort Smith Brewing Company Closes on Warehouse
Owners Quentin Willard and Brooke Elder officially closed on the purchase of a warehouse in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District that will soon become a microbrewery. Plans are to be open in Fall 2016. Congratulations, Quentin and Brooke ! Visit the FSBC website.
AR College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Accreditation, Can Recruit
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine representatives announced April 21, 2016, that the medical school has received accreditation allowing recruitment of 150 students for its inaugural class in Fall 2016.
Expanded hiring of faculty and staff will begin immediately, totaling 92 faculty and administrative staff plus adjunct and part-time faculty. The school is expected to have an $80-$100 million annual economic impact. See related news articles on our News Page and more on the medical college.
Progress on the AR College of Osteopathic Medicine building as of April 14, 2016
Groundbreaking For Young Children's Home Well Attended
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Young Children's Home took place Tuesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. on the Free Will Baptist Ministry property, 11201 Custer Blvd., Fort Smith. Plans for the complex of homes and an activity center that will serve foster children from a five-county area were revealed to a crowd well over 100 people. Construction will begin immediately with a mid-2017 completion date expected.
StoneHouse Chaffee Crossing Open For Lunch and Dinner
Stonehouse Chaffee Crossing ribbon cutting April 14 with executive chef Memo Vaca, staff
and alumni of the Maness School which was renovated for the new restaurant. The original building is still listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to see candid photos from the celebration.
Visit the Stonehouse Chaffee Crossing website to learn about the farm-to-table concept of Chaffee Crossing's first restaurant.
River Valley Animal Hospital Under Construction
Drs. Trevor and Rachel South broke ground on March 28 for their new River Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Services clinic at 400 Frontier Road in Barling. Their practice will include large and small animals with separate treatment areas for trauma and infectious patients and a trailer-friendly parking and drop-off area for cattle and horses. Visit our News Page for more details.
Chaffee Historic District Warehouses Sells for Commercial Development
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) staff and board members have dreamed of developing the Chaffee Crossing Historic District into an urban, walking district and now those dreams are coming true. FCRA board members approved an offer today from Diades Investments, LLC to purchase five warehouse buildings located in the 7400 block of Ellis Street, Fort Smith, Ark. The buildings will be converted into a multi-use property to include retail, office and restaurant space. Click here to read the full news release and related stories.
Chaffee Crossing Clinic Update
An updated image of the Chaffee Crossing Clinic. Construction is proceeding at a healthy pace and Dr. Justin Hayes, two PAs (physician assistants) and a nurse practitioner hope to open the clinic in the next couple of months.
Brownwood Life Care Update
Brownwood Lifecare broke ground for a new intermediate care facility for children and adolescents in Fall 2015.
The $6 million, 42,000 sf facility is well under way. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2016.
Progress as of April 14, 2016
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Moving Along
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 groundbreaking ceremony here.
Progress as of April 14, 2016 Artists rendering of the completed building projected for early 2017
I-49 International Coalition Goes to Little Rock
FCRA executive director, Ivy Owen, and members of the I-49 International Coalition met with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development commission in November to discuss funding completion of Interstate 49 through Arkansas.
Left to right: Gar Eisele, Mena, AR; Ivy Owen, FCRA/Fort Smith; Gov. Hutchinson; Curt Green, Texarkana; Gard Wayt, executive director, I-49 International Coalition
HISTORIC DISTRICT NEWS
CCHD Awarded AHPP Restoration Grant
Construction has begun! The Chaffee Crossing Historic District has begun renovation on Building #823, also referred to as the "Elvis Barracks".
Chaffee Veterans Memorial In Progress
With a multi-phase grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, structural repairs and renovations will create accessibility to the barracks where Elvis was temporarily stationed in March 1958 before being sent to Fort Hood for training. The two-story building will eventually provide space to display Fort Chaffee artifacts from the Museum of Chaffee History.
The Chaffee Veterans Memorial will soon be constructed in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. The memorial will feature engraved bricks, benches, static displays and be a significant step toward honoring veterans of all armed services, past and present. Personalized engraved bricks honoring Chaffee veterans, family members, friends and businesses will become part of the plaza pathway.
Click here to order your personalized brick for the Chaffee Veterans Memorial.
5th Annual Veterans Day Parade
The 5th annual Veterans Day Parade in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. It's never too early to sign up!
Click here to register floats, marching bands, walking groups, motorcycles, classic autos and any other way you choose to honor our veterans of all military branches and all U.S. wars.
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