River Valley Animal Hospital Opening January ‘17
Drs. Trevor and Rachel South will begin welcoming patients through the doors of their new River Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Services Clinic, 400 Frontier Road in Barling, on Monday, January 2, 2017. Their practice will serve 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.
AR College of Health Education Break Ground for “The Residents” Housing
A groundbreaking ceremony for “The Residents” housing on the campus of the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine took place on December 15, 2016. The plan includes 84 apartment-style cottages for osteopathic medical students. The inaugural class of 150 students will fill classrooms beginning August 2017. Once operational, the school is expected to have an $100 million annual economic impact.
Avalon Residential Development Full Steam Ahead
ERC Builders' development on McClure Drive is rapidly taking shape as another fine living space at Chaffee Crossing. The 32-lot exclusive neighborhood in the Amp District is across the street from the new ArcBest Corp. headquarters. The beautiful lots are surrounded by mature trees bordered by the Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, the Fort Smith Master Trail System, the outdoor Hardwood Tree Museum and the McClure Amphitheater.
Mercy Clinic to Build Primary Care and Teaching Clinic
Steel is in the air on the building site of the new Mercy Clinic. The 13,000 sf primary care clinic on Chad Colley Blvd. across from the AR College of Osteopathic Medicine will also serve as a teaching clinic for resident students of ARCOM.
Chaffee Crossing Clinic Open To Patients
Dr. Justin Hayes, Dr. Tom Bonin and staff hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony July 15 at their new facility at 11300 Roberts Blvd., Fort Smith, one block east of the I-549 exit at Roberts Blvd. The primary care clinic is the first health-related business at Chaffee Crossing. They are accepting new patients and offer preventative care as well as other new approaches to family wellness.
Highland Crossing Homes Selling Fast
Custom home builder Tim Mays broke ground for his new 32-single family home development on July 12, 2016. Five short months later, eight homes are framed and roofed, ready for decorating decisions to be made and more lots are ready for foundations to be poured. The development is conveniently located at the corner of Wells Lake Road and Roberts Blvd. near the new osteopathic medical school, the new ArcBest Corporation headquarters, the River Valley Nature Center, the McClure Amphitheater, multi-use trails and other Chaffee Crossing amenities.
Young Family Home Cottages Taking Shape
Framing has begun on the four cottages at the Young Family Home site, 11201 Custer Blvd., Fort Smith. Free Will Baptist Family Ministries is developing the complex of homes that will serve children from a five-county area who are in DHS custody. A mid-2017 completion date is expected.
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Moving Along
ArcBest Corporation is speeding toward a 2017 completion goal for their new corporate headquarters along the Amp District ridge between Wells Lake Road, McClure Drive and R.A. Young Jr. Drive. The company plans to place 1,000 jobs in the $31 million facility.
Historic District Development
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.
Old Fort Furniture Opens in Warehouse District
Old Fort Furniture officially opened in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District on August 8. The 9,000-sf WWII-era Army warehouse-turned-furniture-store, owned by Randy, Tina and River DeCanter of Van Buren, features a variety of furniture options for all decorating budgets.
HealthPointe Insurance Services Opens in Former Tank Battalion Building
FCRA is very proud to welcome HealthPointe Insurance Services to the Chaffee Crossing Historic District.
Owner Jennifer Parks is the first entrepreneur to buy land and a historic 1941-era building to open a commercial business since the buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places. We're sure she is paving the way for other dreamers to make this area of Chaffee Crossing their business home.
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 the Fort Smith Brewing Company microbrewery. Construction is nearly complete and the upstart company is brewing for other bottlers. A tasting room is planned to open in the near future.
“Elvis” Barracks Turns Museum Gallery
Construction has begun! The Chaffee Crossing Historic District has begun renovation on Building #823, also referred to as the "Elvis Barracks". 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.
Chaffee Veterans Memorial In Progress
The Chaffee Veterans Memorial construction project in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District is slated to begin in January 2017. 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.