Current Projects


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.


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.

Heritage Village 

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 14 commercial/retail/restaurant spaces. The top floors with be 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 $11 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 a 3,600 square-foot entertainment pavilion. It will be pre-wired, pre-setup with LED lights and a built-in sound system so bands can plug-and-play. The pavilion will be an indoor-outdoor venue with large fans and heaters to facilitate year-round use. It also will combine with the grassy knoll area in front to host a crowd of 6,000-7,000 people.


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. 

ArcBest Corp. Headquarters Opens To 750 With Room To Grow

ArcBest Corporation opened a new headquarters building in Chaffee Crossing 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 $21 million facility. ArcBest Corp. has a 70-acre campus with room for further corporate and commercial development.


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 is Open 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.

Click here to order a personalized brick to be placed in the walkway of the Chaffee Veterans Memorial.

Recent News

Jan 11, 2019

Chaffee Crossing-based Arkansas Colleges of Health Education president Kyle Parker gave some insight into the future developments planned for the campus. They include asking locals to help medical students fall in love with the community so they will stay and practice in the region after graduation.

Jan 11, 2019

In a Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority board meeting on January 9, 2019, executive director Mat Pitsch told the board the I-49 project is not dead even though a letter from ARDOT director Scott Bennett reports that the HNTB study determined tolling would not support the cost of constructing 13.5 miles of interstate and a new bridge across the Arkansas River between Chaffee Crossing and Alma, Arkansas.

"Looking at bigger projects, Pitsch told the board that ARDOT Director Scott Bennett had a study done on the feasibility of a bridge and a roughly 13-mile section of I-49 north of Fort Chaffee that would connect Highway 22 in Sebastian County and the I-40/I-49 interchange in Crawford County to be a toll system. The timing for that section of the interstate would have to be started within the next five years," he said.

“No one wanted to commit to a 13-mile section, but by doing it the way he did, he could see who might be interested in a toll contract on the highway without having to commit to starting the entire project,” Pitsch said. “It was a very smart way to do it. We don’t know if any of the (interstate) will be toll, but by using funds for the study, it was a commitment that construction on that section would have to be started within five years.”

Jan 10, 2019

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced plans to develop a healing garden and wellness park on their campus.

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