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.
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 historic structures, military vehicles and other points of interest.
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Chaffee Crossing-based Arkansas Colleges of Health Education president Kyle Parker gave some insight into the future developments planned for the campus. They include asking locals to help medical students fall in love with the community so they will stay and practice in the region after graduation.
In a Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority board meeting on January 9, 2019, executive director Mat Pitsch told the board the I-49 project is not dead even though a letter from ARDOT director Scott Bennett reports that the HNTB study determined tolling would not support the cost of constructing 13.5 miles of interstate and a new bridge across the Arkansas River between Chaffee Crossing and Alma, Arkansas.
"Looking at bigger projects, Pitsch told the board that ARDOT Director Scott Bennett had a study done on the feasibility of a bridge and a roughly 13-mile section of I-49 north of Fort Chaffee that would connect Highway 22 in Sebastian County and the I-40/I-49 interchange in Crawford County to be a toll system. The timing for that section of the interstate would have to be started within the next five years," he said.
“No one wanted to commit to a 13-mile section, but by doing it the way he did, he could see who might be interested in a toll contract on the highway without having to commit to starting the entire project,” Pitsch said. “It was a very smart way to do it. We don’t know if any of the (interstate) will be toll, but by using funds for the study, it was a commitment that construction on that section would have to be started within five years.”
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced plans to develop a healing garden and wellness park on their campus.