Latest Project of Bobby Roberts, River Market's Arcade Building, Nearing Completion

by George Waldon  on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 12:00 am  

Roberts has indicated that this location, home to a surface parking lot between Cumberland Street and the First Security Amphitheatre, would be less costly to develop than the CALS surface lot in front of the Main Library at 100 Rock St. and behind the Arkansas Studies Institute.

The proposed location on the city-owned riverfront property has drawn some opposition, but the idea of building a large parking deck is attracting support. Jimmy Moses is among those who think there is a better location than the Riverfront Park area for the proposed 400-space parking deck.

“If that’s the number, I think the ideal spot is on Scott between Second and Third,” Moses said.

This half-block site is two blocks west of the Main Library, about the same distance as the proposed Riverfront parking deck location.

The property, adjacent to the Statehouse Parking Deck at 201 Main St., is home to a surface parking lot and also is owned by the city.

Jim Lynch, co-organizer of the Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods, believes that building a parking deck outside the River Market District would help make the area more pedestrian friendly and not add to the vehicular traffic.

“It’s for people and not cars, but we have to provide for the cars,” Lynch said.

Inside the Arcade Building

Ownership

Central Arkansas Library System 52.8%

  • Bobby Roberts, executive director

Clinton-Commerce LLC 31.2%

  • John McKibbon, CEO of McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Ga.
  • Jimmy Moses and Rett Tucker, partners in Moses Tucker Real Estate
  • Rodney Thomason, Little Rock businessman

Monroe Cache LLC 16%

 

 

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