Communities Meet at Chaffee Crossing

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:00 am  

Five churches have announced their plans to build at Chaffee Crossing. Southpointe Assembly of God, House of Restoration, River Valley Community Church, Massard Missionary Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Fort Smith all plan to have a presence in the development.

The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has set aside 80 acres to donate to Fort Smith Public Schools for a new high school. The school board is studying the timing to bring a bond initiative to voters, likely in 2015. With voter approval, construction will begin in 2016. The FCRA has also set aside five acres for a new branch of the Fort Smith Public Library near the new school property.

More public development includes a new fire station on Massard. It will serve Chaffee Crossing and southeast Fort Smith. Besides public safety, Fire Station No. 11 will also help hold down Fort Smith property insurance rates thanks to faster response times.

The city of Barling, Fort Smith’s neighbor to the east, is extending one of its city streets across Hwy. 59 to develop a new residential neighborhood and providing a new route to its 50‐acre park. Both the development and the park are immediately north of the new shopping center, inside the Chaffee Crossing boundaries.

The Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept. dedicated a new multi‐million dollar facility in May that houses administration, maintenance, highway crews and a D.O.T. troop. The close proximity to I‐49 provides the department with an opportunity to have all of their operations at one location. The facility on Frontier Rd. is the first new development within the city limits of Barling.



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