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!

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Welcome, Fort Smith Brewing Company!

FCRA board members accepted an offer from Fort Smith Brewing Company to purchase a building in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. This will be the first retail business in the historic district near the new Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, the new ArcBest Corporation headquarters, recreational venues, and the Chaffee Crossing industrial neighborhood. WELCOME, FSBC!

Frontier Point At Chaffee Crossing

Frontier Point will be the first retail plaza at Chaffee Crossing. Chaffee Commercial Properties, LLC plan to attract medical related tenants, coffee shops, restaurants and other retail stores. The property is located adjacent to the new Arkansas colleges of Health Education and The Prairie at Chaffee Crossing apartments. Click here to read a media release associated with the project. 

Groundbreaking - Chaffee Crossing Clinic

Another first took place Tuesday, October 6, 2015--a groundbreaking for the first health-related clinic at Chaffee Crossing. Chaffee Crossing Clinic will open Spring 2016 at 17200 Roberts Blvd. under the ownership and direction of Dr. Justin Hayes.

Brownwood Life Care Groundbreaking

Brownwood Lifecare recently broke ground for a new intermediate care facility for children and adolescents. The $6 million, 42,000 sf facility will be an intermediate Care Facility for 50 residents. The company employs 150 employees. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

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

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. Construction is on a rapid pace. See candid photos from the ceremony here and read news articles on our News page.

 Progress on the first ACOM building as of August 20, 2015

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


CCHD Awarded AHPP Restoration Grant

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District was recently awarded a $37,000 grant to renovate Building #823, also referred to as the "Elvis Barracks". 

The multi-phase grant comes from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. It will be used for structural repairs, renovations, heating and air, electrical upgrades and handicap accessibility at Barracks No. 823, where Elvis was temporary stationed in March 1958 before being sent to Fort Hood for training. The two-story building will eventually house artifacts and displays from the nearby Museum of Chaffee History.

Veterans Memorial Plaza Planned

A Veterans Memorial Plaza 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.

For information on the new Chaffee Veterans Memorial Plaza, click here.


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