FCRA History

 

In 1995, the U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommended the permanent closure of Fort Chaffee. The federal government opted to lease 65,000 acres to the Arkansas Army National Guard to be used for training. The remaining 7,000+ acres were turned over to local communities for redevelopment. The Arkansas legislature formed the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in 1997 to oversee the development of the land with the primary goals of returning the property to the tax roles, replacing the 700 jobs lost when Fort Chaffee closed, creating residential developments with quality of life and recreational attractions. A marketing and branding campaign was created for “Chaffee Crossing” in 2009 and a real estate agent has been retained to handle all land sales offers and transactions.

 

FCRA is dedicated to ensuring this great opportunity reaches its full potential through the execution of a Master Land Use Plan. They are conscientious stewards of this resource and will ensure that the public receives the full market potential for the property. To accomplish this, guidelines are required to enhance and perpetuate property values, to manage the timing of land sales to coincide with supply and demands in the market, and to schedule efficient expansion of the infrastructure. In addition to economic stewardship, the natural resources of the area must be conserved and the history of the area must be honored in the new community.

 

FCRA Board Members believe that:


Chaffee Crossing has become a community where buildings hold their value over time and a place where the older may be more valuable than the new. This will be a community where builders can be assured that subsequent builders will honor the investment they have made.

 


FCRA Structure

 

FCRA is a quasi-governmental sunset agency that submits to an annual public audit. A nine-member board of directors approves or rejects land and building purchase offers and oversees budgeting and personnel issues. The board meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month.

 

Subcommittees of the board meet as needed throughout the year. These include:

 

Once the independent auditors determine that the inventory of marketable land available for sale is depleted to the point that it can no longer sustain FCRA operations, the FCRA Board and its beneficiaries, the City of Fort Smith, the City of Barling and Sebastian County, must agree to dissolve the trust. All trust assets will then be allocated to the beneficiaries.

 


Click here to download the FCRA Bylaws

 

Click here to download the FCRA Indenture of Trust

Recent News


Jun 7, 2022

A new 24-acre public dog parking is coming to Chaffee Crossing. Public meetings have been held to get input on the design. 


Mar 29, 2022

Since 1975 and the arrival of Vietnamese refugees, Fort Chaffee has been a relocation center for those displaced from their homes due to war and natural disasters. Because of Fort Chaffee, a Vietnamese community took hold in Fort Smith. The work at Fort Chaffee and area sponsors helped Vietnamese people relocate after trips by boats and airplanes to flee Vietnam at the end of the war.


Mar 25, 2022

On this day 64 years ago, the “haircut heard 'round the world” changed music history forever. As a 23-year-old Elvis Presley sat in the barber’s chair at Fort Chaffee barbershop in Fort Smith, Arkansas, his disappearing signature sideburns and pompadour unequivocally confirmed what lie ahead - a two-year tour of duty in the US Army and, much to the dismay of millions of fans around the world, a lengthy postponement of his trailblazing ascent as the young "King of Rock ’n' Roll." In a light-hearted moment with the onlooking press, Elvis jested, “Hair today, gone tomorrow!”


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