Conway Studies Proposal for 400,000-SF Shopping Center

by Lee Hogan  on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:21 pm  

Plans by a North Carolina company to put a 400,000-SF shopping center east of Interstate 40 at the intersection of Amity Road and Dave Ward Drive in Conway. City officials say preliminary plans for the center have changed since this iteration.

The proposed shopping center is the latest in a line of redevelopment projects popping up across Conway.

In October, city officials announced plans to redevelop the Conway Municipal Airport into more than 150 acres of commercial real estate. Site plans showed the shopping center, called Central Landing, to include large retail stores mixed with specialty stores, restaurants, offices and multi-family properties.

The Conway City Council approved up to $18 million for street improvements for the project in October, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

More: Conway, Developer to Rework Airport Site As Shopping Hub by 2017

The project comes as the city finishes construction of a $30 million airport, which features a 6,000-foot runway, on 180 acres in the Lollie Bottoms.  

The city has also begun mixed-use development projects for Donaghey Avenue near the University of Central Arkansas campus, and Markham Street between downtown Conway and Hendrix College.

TJ Johnston, executive vice president of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and the Conway Development Corporation, recently accepted a position at UCA to oversee all phases of the Donaghey Corridor project.

More: UCA Names Leader to Oversee Donaghey Corridor

The project is expected to include ground-level retail and commercial property with "innovative" student-housing on upper floors, in addition to aesthetic improvements and traffic flow enhancements between South Boulevard and Bruce Street.

Preliminary steps include a groundbreaking this fall.

More: Download UCA's "Framework to the Future" here (PDF).

A public meeting for the Markham Street redevelopment project is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Conway Police Department at 1105 Prairie St.

The project, which was selected by MetroPlan’s Jump Start program in 2013 and received a $180,000 grant, aims at turning more than two dozen blocks on Markham Street into walkable, mixed-use development. 

Scott Grummer, program manager for Community Development, said Gateway Planning will proved preliminary conceptual ideas at Tuesday’s meeting based on public input over the past several months.

Grummer said those who are not able to attend the meeting will be able to log onto www.imagineconway.com, view presentations from the meeting and provide feedback.

 

 

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