Chaffee Crossing is the premier economic development engine of Arkansas at the center point of the nation’s crossroads. It is a 7,000 acre redevelopment where natural resources, transportation, affordable living and national history converge. Chaffee Crossing is poised to become Arkansas’ premier community where Smart Growth planning is key. This is where community and commerce truly connect. Begin exploring the opportunities now!

W. AR Economic Development Bootcamp - Oct. 13

The Community Development Institute of Central Arkansas (CDI-Central) will host a Western Arkansas Economic Development Boot Camp on October 13 at the Janet
Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Elected officials and city employees
are encouraged to attend thie FREE workshop. Visit our EVENTS PAGE for more details. 

Brownwood Life Care Groundbreaking

Brownwood Lifecare recently broke ground for a new intermediate care facility for children and adolescents. The $6 million, 42,000 sf facility will be an intermediate Care Facility for 50 residents. The company employs 150 employees. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Officially Underway

ArcBest Corporation ceremonially broke ground April 15 for a new $40 million corporate headquarters at Chaffee Crossing. Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined the celebration as well as R.A. Young, III, son of ArcBest Founder, R.A. Young, Jr. The four-story, 200,000 sf building will sit high on the western ridge by the McClure Amphitheater, overlooking the southern portion of Fort Smith. See photos from the ceremony here.

April 15, 2015 May 25, 2015

Early 2017

AR College of Osteopathic Medicine

The board and staff of the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine officially broke ground for the facility
at Chaffee Crossing on March 3, 2015. Construction is on a rapid pace. See candid photos from the ceremony here and read news articles on our News page.

 Progress on the first ACOM building as of August 20, 2015


CCHD Awarded AHPP Restoration Grant

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District was recently awarded a $37,000 grant to renovate Building #823, also referred to as the "Elvis Barracks". 

The multi-phase grant comes from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. It will be used for structural repairs, renovations, heating and air, electrical upgrades and handicap accessibility at Barracks No. 823, where Elvis was temporary stationed in March 1958 before being sent to Fort Hood for training. The two-story building will eventually house artifacts and displays from the nearby Museum of Chaffee History.

Veterans Memorial Plaza Planned

A Veterans Memorial Plaza will soon be constructed in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. 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.

For information on the new Chaffee Veterans Memorial Plaza, click here.



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