The HUB Under Construction
The HUB at Chaffee Crossing is an exciting new mixed-use development by ERC Create along Wells Lake Road. Surrounded by residential development, The HUB will feature a restaurant or bar, commercial and retail space, as well as exclusive live-above townhomes. The property is uniquely positioned to provide much needed commercial and retail services in Chaffee Crossing. It is within walking distance of several neighborhoods and will have paths that connect to the Fort Smith Master Trail System. The design concept is like no other neighborhood in Fort Smith. Click here to see architectural renderings and more for this project.
AR College of Health Education Completes Phase II of “The Residents” Housing
ACHE is nearing completion of Phase II of “The Residents” housing on the campus of the new Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The plan includes 92 apartment-style cottages for osteopathic medical students. The inaugural class of 160 students quickly fill suites in Phase I of The Residents when they began classes in August 2017. Phase II will be ready for the second class of students in August 2018. The school is expected to have an $100 million annual economic impact.
Avalon Residential Development Full Steam Ahead
ERC Builders' development on McClure Drive has created another upscale living space in Chaffee Crossing. The 32-lot exclusive neighborhood on McClure Drive is across the street from the new ArcBest Corp. headquarters. The beautiful lots are surrounded by mature trees bordered by the Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, the Fort Smith Master Trail System, the outdoor Hardwood Tree Museum and the McClure Amphitheater.
Mercy Clinic to Build Primary Care and Teaching Clinic
Mercy Clinic opened a new 13,000 sf primary care clinic on Chad Colley Blvd. across from the AR College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2017. The clinic will provide rotations for ARCOM medical students once they reach their third year of medical school. The clinic also has room for additional doctors to practice.
Highland Crossing Homes Selling Fast
Custom home builder Tim Mays is rapidly building out his new 32-single family home development. Multiple homes, including the 2018 Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Showcase Home, are framed and roofed, ready for decorating decisions to be made. 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.
Young Family Home Cottages Welcome Children Residents
The four cottages at the Cliff, Curt and Opal Young Family Home, 11201 Custer Blvd., opened to its first residents in 2017 and they were all under the age of 18. Free Will Baptist Family Ministries developed the complex of homes to serve children from a five-county area who are in DHS custody. Located on Custer Blvd. in Fort Smith, the cottages are within the Greenwood School District. Plans are in the works for an administration office/recreation building to be underway within the year.
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Opens To 750 With Room To Grow
ArcBest Corporation opened a new headquarters building in Chaffee Crossing mid-2017 along the western ridge between Wells Lake Road, McClure Drive and R.A. Young Jr. Drive. The publicly-traded transportation and logistics company currently has 750 employees in the $31 million facility with capacity for 1,000 jobs in the $31 million.
Historic District Development
Diades Investments Converts Five Warehouses for Commercial and Retail Use
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. Diades Investments, LLC purchased five warehouse buildings located in the 7400 block of Ellis Street to rehabilitate into a multi-use property for retail, office and restaurant space. The $3.5 million project is well underway with exterior upgrades that complement surrounding historic buildings, landscaping, an upgraded walkway along the street front and attractive outdoor light fixtures. An engineering firm has already renovated one of the warehouses into a post-modern industrial style interior with original beams exposed complemented by glass, brick and refurbished hardwood floors. Soon a pizza restaurant, a steakhouse, and several commercial tenants will be filling the other spaces. Leasing is available through R.H. Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties.
Old Fort Furniture Opens in Warehouse District
Old Fort Furniture officially opened in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District in August 2016. 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. Their feature product line is Our Home, traditional, American-made furniture that will last a lifetime and be handed down for generations. The DeCanters are proud to be CCHD business owners and ar excited about the growth of their business.
Honeycomb Investments Buys Second Historic District Building
Honeycomb Investments owners Jennifer Parks and her husband Brian Slavens were the first entrepreneurs 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. Jennifer's business, HealthPointe Insurance Services, is located in a former tank battalion building. Her second building will be for commercial/retail lease tenants. No doubt she is paving the way for other dreamers to make this area of Chaffee Crossing their business home.
Fort Smith Brewing Company is Open in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District
Fort Smith Brewing Company officially opened in April in a warehouse in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. The upstart company is brewing for other bottlers. A tasting room welcomes visitors seven days a week. Tours are available upon request. Watch their Facebook page for special events and theme nights.
“Elvis” Barracks Turns Museum Gallery
Phase II construction is underway on the Elvis Barracks, Building #823 in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District made possible through a multi-phase grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Structural repairs and renovations will provide handicap 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.
Chaffee Veterans Memorial Completed
The Chaffee Veterans Memorial construction project 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.