The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is a unique area in the middle of Chaffee Crossing development where WWII-era history is combining with modern planning to create a walkable urban community. The Historic District includes two-story WWII-era barracks and single level administration type buildings available for purchase. The Planned Zoning Development (PZD) of the Historic District generally sits between Taylor Ave.., Darby Ave. and Terry St. Within the primary district are sub-districts with defined types of businesses permitted. The PZD is pending approval by the City of Fort Smith Board of Directors.
View a map of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District PZD Chaffee Hist Dist wPZD.pdf.
Legacy District - home to Chaffee museums, art cooperatives and businesses in renovated barracks and administration buildings.
Enterprise District - includes retail and commercial businesses requiring more parking spaces and greater visibility on through streets.
Warehouse District - situated between Ellis St. and Collier St. It currently features a furniture store, a microbrewery, restaurants, a museum and commercial office space. Additional warehouses are available for sale. Ellis St. and Fort Chaffee Blvd. will remain private drives, allowing them to be closed for public events.
Memorial District – designated as a historic interpretation area featuring the historic Natural Dam Bridge from Arkansas Highway 59 North. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will dismantle the bridge in 2018 and move it to the Chaffee Crossing Historic District in 2018. The bridge will be on a walking trail with monuments dedicated to the veterans who have trained at Chaffee for all wars since World War II.
For leasing availabilities, rates and additional information, contact Larry Evans, 479.452.4554 (office) or 479.651.1805 (mobile).
The Chaffee Crossing HIstoric Preservation Organization received a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to complete renovation of Barracks #823, known as the Elvis Barracks.
FCRA and the City of Fort Smith Parks Department were approved for a $500,000 TAP grant from the AR Highway and Transportation Department in 2016. The funds will be used to connect and extend Phase I of the new Chaffee Crossing trails plan. In 2015, FCRA committed to spending up to $1.5 million to complete three phases of trails through Chaffee Crossing (approx. 6 miles) and the City of Fort Smith agreed to match that amount.
FCRA executive director, Ivy Owen, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 John Lynch Base Redevelopment Leadership Award by the Assoc. of Defense Communities.