Arkansas College of Health Sciences to be Second Medical School
Steel girders framing the new Arkansas College of Health Education are in the open air now but will soon be covered with walls forming classrooms for Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and masters degree programs. The second college is slated to open in 2020 once final accreditation is awarded. Masters degree classes in bio-medical science will begin Fall 2019. 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 will feature the unique REVEL restaurant with it's upscale, Southern-styled 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 which is part of 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.
Arkansas College of Health Education has begun construction of an 86,000 square foot mixed-use commercial/retail development with live-above luxury apartments to be known as Heritage Village. The design includes 27,000 square feet on the bottom floor for 32 commercial/retail/restaurant spaces. The top floors will include hotel-style 1,400 square foot apartments that will appeal to third- and fourth-year medical students as well as millennials looking for a walkable lifestyle. The $15 million project is expected to be complete in July 2019. A large green space will separate the two buildings. At the end of the stretch, facing ARCOM will be an entertainment pavilion for community concerts. Visit the Arkansas Colleges of Health Science website to learn more about the exciting developments on the medical college campus.
ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Has Room To Grow
ArcBest Corporation opened a new headquarters building in June 2017 conveniently located between Wells Lake Road, McClure Drive and R.A. Young Jr. Drive. The three-story building is adjacent to the McClure Amphitheater and multi-use trails, sitting 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 people in the $30 million facility with capacity for 975. ArcBest Corp. purchased 70-acres from FCRA future expansion that may include commercial development.
Explosive new residential construction in 2018 has increased the number of Chaffee Crossing neighborhoods to 29. New construction began on Stonecrest, The HUB at Providence, Heritage Village, Lakeside Crossing, Pinnacle Park, The Cottages, The Crest and The Valley at Stoneshire, Stone Brook Phase III, and property sold for StoneRidge on south Chad Colley Blvd. This brings the total number of projected units in Chaffee Crosing to 2,765 with a 52% estimated completion ratio.
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 is the first retail store in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District. 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 are 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 Opens in the Chaffee Crossing Warehouse District
Great excitement surrounds the opening of Fort Smith Brewing Company in a converted warehouse in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. 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.
“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.