Conway Renovations To Roll Over Rink

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 12:00 am  

Plans call for Elsinger Blvd to cross E. Oak Street in Conway, through property where Conway Roller Rink currently stands.

One Conway institution will be renovated to match the new restaurants and shops that will soon occupy Oak Street, and the other will be sold and demolished.

United Growth of San Rafael, California, is working with Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development of Jonesboro to redevelop Conway Family Bowl on Oak Street into a shopping center that will attract national retailers.

The developers plan to demolish the Conway Roller Rink next to the bowling alley to make way for a building to be leased to national retailers. The bowling alley will be renovated, and Elsinger Boulevard, which currently dead ends to the parking lot, will be connected with Bob Courtway Drive.

Additional outparcel space will be built on the other side of Elsinger Boulevard. Representatives from the city of Conway Planning Department said the developers have requested a cross access easement that would turn the traffic light at Elsinger Boulevard and Oak Street into a four-way intersection.

Haag Brown said Conway Roller Rink has a sale pending that the company expects to go through in the next 90 days.

Developers have been involved with the redevelopment of the bowling alley for the past several years, but the project was put on hold when Larry Billings, owner of roller rink, was found dead in the bedroom of his home in October 2012 from a single gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a homicide but no charges have been filed.

After the death, the skating rink became tied up in issues related to his estate.

Billings’ widow, Lavenia Billings, and his son, Matt Billings, were appointed co-managers of his estate. According to Faulkner County Circuit Court records, the two are working to finalize the sale of the rink with the interested buyer for a gross sales price of $1 million.

 

 

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