Historic District Development

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is a unique area in the middle of the 7,000-acre Chaffee Crossing development where WWII-era history is combined with modern planning to create a walkable, urban community. The Historic District Master Plan includes mixed-use areas with residential spaces, restaurants, recreational and entertainment venues, retail shops, commercial and service businesses as well as public areas.

 

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, warmly embraces the region’s rich history with a variety of venues appealing to people of all ages and interests. Area educators are seeking to build schools, education, and training facilities nearby. The combination of education and tourism in this district is generating an attractive environment for new businesses. 

 

  

Historic District Design Guidelines

Like all developments in Chaffee Crossing, new and rehabilitation construction in the Historic District is subject to prior approval by the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Design Review Committee. In 2020, a PZD or Planned Zone District was adopted for the Historic District to ensure consistency in exterior design, landscaping, and signage.  A portion of the area is also included in the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District, a designated area to allow people to enjoy adult beverages as they go to and from restaurants, bars, and micro-breweries within the boundary.  Developers are encouraged to become familiar with FCRA Design Development Guidelines that are intended to create a consistent, attractive community that complies with both City of Fort Smith and FCRA design standards.

 

 

 

The Barracks at Chaffee

The Barracks at Chaffee is a multi-million dollar comprehensive master-planned development covering several blocks of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. It includes 35 WWII-era buildings that are being renovated into restaurants, retail shops (such as bike, coffee, bakeries, boutiques, microbreweries, etc.), apartments, and Airbnb units. This exciting development is spurring new investments all around the CCHD. Developer Rival Commercial RE, LLC is also a huge supporter of the Chaffee Crossing Farmers & Artisans Market, held on Ellis St. on the second Saturday of each month, May through October. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent News


Sep 15, 2022

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) Board of Directors have approved a plan to transfer a small park near the Sebastian County soccer fields to Sebastian County for use as a park and learning fields for the Sebastian County Extension Office.


Aug 18, 2022

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority board of directors approved nearly $3 million in property sales at its regular meeting Thursday (Aug. 18) including the sale of a parking lot, 28 acres for single-family homes and 61 acres for an 840,000-square-feet warehouse/distribution center.


Jul 27, 2022

Arkansas Business published a special "Fort Smith Growth Report" in July that highlights some of the current momentum for economic and community development. Pages 4-5 provide a feature article titled "Chaffee Crossing District Key to Fort Smith's Growth".  


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