Hastings Family Plans to Makeover North Hills Shopping Center in Sherwood

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 12:00 am  

A preliminary site plan by RPPY Architects shows the transformation envisioned for the venerable shopping center at the intersection of JFK (Highway 107) and North Hills boulevards on the border of North Little Rock and Sherwood. Ground will be broken Aug. 27 on the retail building at the south edge of the property now owned by the Harry Hastings Jr. family. (Photo by RPPY Architects/Gwen Moritz)

Popatop is a possibility, and it will have to move somewhere because, Hastings said, “our plans are really to tear down that building where Mark’s was and Popatop is.”

Davenport, the owner of Popatop, declined to be interviewed for this article.

A preliminary site plan, filed with the city of Sherwood, shows that the Hastingses hope to replace the liquor store/pharmacy building on the north edge with a new, 4,800-SF Eagle Bank branch, a replacement for the building that began as First State Bank of Sherwood in the limited-branching days of 1967.

That, Stan Hastings said, will be phase two of the redevelopment of North Hills Shopping Center. The existing bank branch’s location parallel to North Hills Boulevard won’t allow the addition of any more drive-through lanes, he said. If no suitable tenant for the old bank can be found, it too will be razed.

After the south and north ends of the site are redeveloped, the third phase would involve redeveloping the middle. The preliminary site plan calls for another retail building of about 15,000 SF with 77 parking spaces.

“We think there’s a market over there for a nice, little retail center — a half-dozen retail spaces, maybe a restaurant or two,” Hastings said.

And he thinks activity will lead to interest, which could speed up the timeline on the next phases of development. “If we get tenants lined up, we could definitely do phase three at the same time as phase two,” Hastings said.

According to 2012 data from the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, some 23,000 vehicles per day travel by the site on JFK (Highway 107).



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