Historic District Development

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is a unique area in the middle of the 7,000-acre Chaffee Crossing development where WWII-era history is combining with modern planning to create a walkable urban community. The Historic District Master Plan includes mixed-use areas with residential spaces, restaurants, recreational and entertainment venues, retail shops, commercial and service businesses as well as public areas.

 

Chaffee Crossing’s historic district warmly embraces the region’s rich history with a variety of venues appealing to people of all ages and interests. Area educators are seeking to build schools, education and training facilities nearby. The combination of education and tourism in this district is creating an attractive environment for new businesses. 

 

Within the Historic District, mini-districts have been designated.

 

 - The Legacy District is home to museums, art cooperatives and businesses in renovated barracks and administration buildings. The Enterprise District includes retail and commercial businesses requiring more parking spaces and greater visibility on through streets. The Warehouse District along the east side of Ellis Street features a furniture store, a microbrewery, restaurants, a museum and commercial office space. Additional warehouses are available for sale and development. Ellis St. and Fort Chaffee Blvd. will remain private drives, allowing them to be closed for public events.

 

 - The Enterprise District includes retail and commercial businesses requiring more parking spaces and greater visibility on through streets. The Warehouse District along the east side of Ellis Street features a furniture store, a microbrewery, restaurants, a museum and commercial office space. Additional warehouses are available for sale and development. Ellis St. and Fort Chaffee Blvd. will remain private drives, allowing them to be closed for public events.

 

 - The Warehouse District along the east side of Ellis Street features a furniture store, a microbrewery, restaurants, a museum and commercial office space. Additional warehouses are available for sale and development. Ellis St. and Fort Chaffee Blvd. will remain private drives, allowing them to be closed for public events.

 

 - The Memorial District includes plans for a historic bridge to be relocated from Hwy. 59 at Natural Dam in Crawford County in 2018. Around it will be a walking path, with shelter kitchens and interpretive panels paying tribute to veterans of all wars since Fort Chaffee was founded in 1941. 

 

On the north end of the Historic District is a planned Memorial District where the historic Natural Dam Bridge from Arkansas Highway 59 North. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will dismantle the bridge in 2018 and move it to the Chaffee Crossing Historic District where it will become a bridge to Chaffee’s past as well as a bridge to Chaffee’s future. The bridge will be a feature on a walking trail with monuments dedicated to the veterans who have trained at Chaffee for all wars since World War II.

 

Historic District Design Guidelines

Like all developments in Chaffee Crossing, new and rehabilitation construction in the Historic District is subject to prior approval by the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Design Review Committee. Developers are encouraged to become familiar with the guidelines that are intended to create a consistent, attractive community that complies with both City of Fort Smith and FCRA design standards.

Click here to download a PDF of the Chaffee Crossing Historic District Design Guidelines.

 
Rehabilitation Tax Credits Available

The Chaffee Crossing Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This qualifies approximately 60 buildings within its boundaries for Rehabilitation Tax Credits. These buildings are available for sale and renovation. The federal rehabilitation tax credit allows up to 20% of approved expenses to be claimed for the restoration of historic buildings. The federal tax credit can be combined with as high as 25% state rehabilitation tax credits. Learn more about these tax credits and other preservation services provided by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Click here for a detailed list of buildings in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District.

 

Businesses in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District

Several new businesses have opened in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District and others are expected in the very near future. These new investors are helping bring the dream of a vibrant, urban, walkable district to life.

 

Click here to download the Historic District National Register List PDF

Recent News


Sep 6, 2017

Residential developer ERC of Fort Smith and Rogers has announced its fifth residential development will soon be under construction in Chaffee Crossing. 


Jul 20, 2017

The Chaffee Crossing HIstoric Preservation Organization received a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to complete renovation of Barracks #823, known as the Elvis Barracks.


Jul 5, 2017

FCRA and the City of Fort Smith Parks Department were approved for a $500,000 TAP grant from the AR Highway and Transportation Department in 2016. The funds will be used to connect and extend Phase I of the new Chaffee Crossing trails plan. In 2015, FCRA committed to spending up to $1.5 million to complete three phases of trails through Chaffee Crossing (approx. 6 miles) and the City of Fort Smith agreed to match that amount. 


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