Chaffee Crossing is the economic development engine of western Arkansas and also the center point of the nation’s crossroads for business. Over $1 BILLION in capital investments have been made since 2000 when the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority trust was formed. Today, a number of industrial and commercial businesses have helped to create more than 1,400 jobs, there are 19 residential developments and a number of recreational amenities. People live, work and play here every day. This is Arkansas’ premier community where Smart Growth planning is key. Get on board now--Chaffee Crossing is a community on the rise!
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FCRA Receives ADC Base Redevelopment Award of Excellence
FCRA board members and staff proudly announced on June 28 that the Association of Defense Communities selected Chaffee Crossing to receive the 2016 John Lynch Base Redevelopment Award of Excellence during the annual ADC Summit Conference in Washington, DC. This prestigious national award is testimony to the success of Chaffee Crossing and what it means to the Fort Smith regional economy. Read more on our NEWS PAGE.
AR College of Osteopathic Medicine Dedication Attracts Thousands
A dedication ceremony for the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine drew thousands of visitors over the weekend of August 20-21. Gov. Asa Hutchinson applauded the school as a way to meet a 'primary need' in Arkansas' healthcare. The school is expected to have an $80-$100 million annual economic impact. The inaugural class of 150 students will fill classrooms beginning August 2017.
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Avalon at Chaffee Crossing Exclusive Residential Development Begins
ERC Builders have broken ground for a premier single-family home development on McClure Drive, directly across from the new ArcBest Corp. headquarters on McClure Drive. The beautiful sites will be surrounded in a natural setting bordered by the Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, the Fort Smith Master Trail System, an outdoor Hardwood Tree Museum and the McClure Amphitheater.
Mercy Clinic to Build Primary Care and Teaching Clinic
Mercy Clinic-Fort Smith will soon begin construction on a 13,000 sf primary care clinic in Barling on Chad Colley Blvd. that will also serve as a teaching clinic for resident students of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. Mercy plans to have 8-10 physicians at the clinic.
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.
McClure Drive Opens to Motorists
Fort Smith City officials, ArcBest Corp. representatives, FCRA staff and other friends officially cut the ribbon to open McClure Drive and R.A. Young Jr. Drive on July 25. The City and FCRA shared the cost of the $2.8 million project which stretches more than 4,000 feet. These streets provide access for residential and commercial developments along Massard Road to the new ArcBest headquarters, the industrial neighborhood, the new medical college as well as other businesses in Chaffee Crossing.
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 Ground Breaking
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Custom home builder Tim Mays, FCRA staff, members of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, family, friends and Chaffee Crossing neighbors celebrated the groundbreaking for four new homes in the 32-single family home development on July 12. One month later, three homes are framed and roofed, ready for decorating decisions to be made and a fourth foundation is 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.
HealthPointe Insurance Services Ribbon Cutting
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. About 50 people attended the HealthPointe ribbon cutting including U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, Third District of Arkansas.
Welcome, Jennifer and Joan!
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 a microbrewery. Plans are to be open in Fall 2016. Congratulations, Quentin and Brooke ! Visit the FSBC website.
Earth Moving At Young Family Home Site
The earth is moving on the Young Family Home site, 11201 Custer Blvd., Fort Smith. Free Will Baptist Family Ministries is developing a complex of homes and an activity center that will serve foster children from a five-county area. A mid-2017 completion date is expected.
StoneHouse Chaffee Crossing Open For Lunch and Dinner
Stonehouse Chaffee Crossing ribbon cutting April 14 with executive chef Memo Vaca, staff
and alumni of the Maness School which was renovated for the new restaurant. The original building is still listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to see candid photos from the celebration.
Visit the Stonehouse Chaffee Crossing website to learn about the farm-to-table concept of Chaffee Crossing's first restaurant.
River Valley Animal Hospital Under Construction
Drs. Trevor and Rachel South broke ground on March 28 for their new River Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Services clinic at 400 Frontier Road in Barling. Their practice will include 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. Visit our News Page for more details.
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. Click here to read the full news release and related stories.
Glatfelter To Locate $80 Million Plant At Chaffee Crossing
Global specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials manufacturer Glatfelter announced it will open a new facility at Chaffee Crossing. Glatfelter will create up to 83 highly-skilled manufacturing jobs with a total capital investment of approximately $80 million. Read the full announcement here.
Brownwood Life Care Update
Brownwood Lifecare is making good progress on their new intermediate care facility for children and adolescents. Construction started Fall 2015.
The $6 million, 42,000 sf
facility is well under way. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2016.
Progress as of August 2016
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Moving Along
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. Click here to see a YouTube video of the last beam being placed.
Progress as of August 16, 2016 Artists' rendering of the building projected for completion in 2017
I-49 International Coalition Goes to Little Rock
FCRA executive director, Ivy Owen, and members of the I-49 International Coalition met with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development commission in November to discuss funding completion of Interstate 49 through Arkansas.
Left to right: Gar Eisele, Mena, AR; Ivy Owen, FCRA/Fort Smith; Gov. Hutchinson; Curt Green, Texarkana; Gard Wayt, executive director, I-49 International Coalition
HISTORIC DISTRICT NEWS
CCHD Awarded AHPP Restoration Grant
Construction has begun! The Chaffee Crossing Historic District has begun renovation on Building #823, also referred to as the "Elvis Barracks".
Chaffee Veterans Memorial In Progress
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.
The Chaffee Veterans Memorial 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.
Click here to order your personalized brick for the Chaffee Veterans Memorial.
5th Annual Veterans Day Parade
The 5th annual Veterans Day Parade in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. It's never too early to sign up!
Click here to register floats, marching bands, walking groups, motorcycles, classic autos and any other way you choose to honor our veterans of all military branches and all U.S. wars.
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