Mercy Fort Smith/Kindred Healthcare Rehabilitation Hospital Has Opened
Mercy Fort Smith and Kindred Healthcare opened a 40-bed, inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus in late 2021. The 49,000-sq. ft. building estimated at $23 million boasts state-of-the-art neuro and stroke care plus learning opportunities for ACHE medical students.
Arkansas College of Health Sciences Opened Second Medical Education Building
Arkansas College of Health Education completed construction of its second medical education building in 2020, the Arkansas Colleges of Health Science. Due to pandemic restrictions, the official dedication was delayed until December 2021. Classes were held starting in 2020 for osteopathic student doctors and Masters of Biomedical Science students. In July 2021, a new occupational therapy medical program was launched in the College of Health Sciences building and in January 2022, students of the new physical therapy education program also began classes there. The first graduation of osteopathic doctors from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated in May 2021. For more information, visit the ACHE website.
The HUB at Providence
The HUB at Providence is an exciting new mixed-use development by ERC Create along Wells Lake Road. Surrounded by residential development, The HUB features the unique REVEL restaurant with upscale cuisine, commercial and retail space, as well as exclusive townhomes and apartments within walking distance of ArcBest Corporation. The property is uniquely positioned to provide much-needed commercial and retail services in Chaffee Crossing. It is near several neighborhoods and will connect to Phase I of the Chaffee Crossing Trail System, Ben Geren Regional Park, and the Fort Smith Master Trail System.
The Village at Heritage
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education continues to develop this mixed-use commercial/retail area on its campus with an active Entertainment District area. The first two buildings include 27,000 square feet on the bottom floor for commercial, retail, and restaurant spaces. The top floors feature hotel-style 1,400 square foot apartments for medical students. A large green space and community event pavilion with public seating is situated in the center of the complex. Ground was broken in December 2021 for a third building larger than the first two with even more commercial spaces. Visit the Heritage Community website to learn more about the classic southern comfort and new traditions in this area the ACHE campus.
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Has Room To Grow
ArcBest Corporation opened a new headquarters building in June 2017, conveniently situated between McClure Drive, R.A. Young Jr. Drive, and Wells Lake Road. The three-story building adjacent to the McClure Amphitheater and multi-use trails sits high atop Chaffee Crossing's western ridge overlooking southwest Fort Smith and Ben Geren Regional Park. The publicly-traded transportation and logistics company currently employs approx. 800 at this location but has the capacity for 975. ArcBest Corp. purchased 70-acres from FCRA to accommodate future expansion that may also include commercial development.
Explosive new residential construction has increased the number of Chaffee Crossing neighborhoods to 42. This brings the total number of projected units in Chaffee Crossing to nearly 4,000 with an estimated 50% estimated completion ratio. Approximately 47% are single-family homes. The broad portfolio includes apartments, duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, Airbnb units, and affordable homes for sale or lease.
New Dog Park on Fort Chaffee Blvd.
FCRA, the City of Fort Smith, and Sebastian County are partnering to develop a new 24-acre dog park on Fort Chaffee Blvd. adjacent to the Sebastian County soccer fields. Both FCRA and Sebastian County are donating land for the project. FCRA will design the park. This park will replace the dog park on Massard Rd. that was closed in 2021. Dog owners are ecstatic to have a new place for their furry friends and they will have an opportunity for input on the design during two public meetings. Check out the joint news release here.
The Chaffee Crossing Trail System
FCRA and the City of Fort Smith have completed Phase I of a 6.5-mile trail system that will eventually circumnavigate Chaffee Crossing. Both FCRA and the city contributed $500,000. A $500,000 TAP grant was also received, bringing the Phase I project total to $1.5 million. The 10-ft. wide multi-use trail begins on Chad Colley Blvd., connecting to existing sidewalks on the ACHE campus, travels west along Roberts Blvd., then south along a greenbelt parallel to Wells Lake Road, ending at McClure Drive.
Historic District Development
The Barracks at Chaffee Crossing
Developer Rival Commercial RE, LLC has purchased 21 former barrack and military admin buildings in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District with plans to transform them into The Barracks at Chaffee. The mixed-use community will feature restaurants, retail shopping, and live above apartments and Airbnb units. Fort Smith Coffee Co, Phat Tire Bike Shop, Blessed Bee Bakery, and Dash Aesthetics are the first businesses to announce they will be moving into spaces at The Barracks. Rival previously renovated two other single-story buildings occupied by Primetime Barbershop (their second location) and Seiter Design Co., a graphic design and custom t-shirt printing company, Hum Salon, and the Rival CRE business office.
Diades Investments Converts Five Warehouses for Commercial and Retail Use
Diades Investments, LLC purchased five warehouse buildings located in the 7400 block of Ellis Street to convert into a mixed-use property for retail, professional office, and restaurant space. The $3.5 million project included exterior upgrades that complement surrounding historic buildings, landscaping, an upgraded walkway along the street front and attractive outdoor light fixtures. HSA Engineering, located in one of the warehouses, reformed one of the warehouses with a post-modern industrial style interior featuring exposed structural beams complemented by glass, brick, refurbished hardwood floors. Prospective tenants include restaurants and other commercial tenants. Leasing is available through Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties.
Old Fort Furniture Opens is First Retail Business in CCHD
Old Fort Furniture is the first retail store in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. The 9,000-sf WWII-era Army warehouse-turned-furniture-store features a variety of furniture options for all decorating budgets. Their feature product line is Our Home, traditional, American-made furniture that will last a lifetime and be handed down for generations.
Honeycomb Investments Converts Second Building
Honeycomb Investments owners Jennifer Parks and her husband Brian Slavens were the first entrepreneurs to purchase a historic 1941-era building for a commercial business since the buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Jennifer's business, OneDigital Health and Benefits, is located in a former tank battalion building. Their second building provides commercial and retail lease spaces, now occupied by a Farmers Insurance office and other professional service businesses.
Fort Smith Brewing Company In The Entertainment District
Great excitement and good times are everyday occurrences in Fort Smith Brewing Company, located in a converted warehouse at 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd., Fort Smith. This is within the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District created in 2020. The upstart microbrewery is brewing their own unique recipes as well as recipes for other brewers. A tasting room welcomes visitors seven days a week. Tours of the operation are available upon request. Watch their Facebook page for special events and theme nights.
The “Elvis Barrack" Is Transforming Into A Museum Gallery
Phase II construction is progressing on Building #823, otherwise known as the "Elvis Barrack" in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. The renovations to date have been made possible through a multi-phase grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and through Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority investment. Structural repairs and renovations will transform the barracks where Elvis was temporarily stationed in March 1958 before being sent to Fort Hood for training into exhibit space for the Museum of Chaffee History.
Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial Completed
The Chaffee Crossing Veterans Memorial in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District was dedicated in November 2017. The memorial features engraved bricks, benches, static displays and is 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.