Majestic Fire Puts Spotlight on Hot Springs' Vacant Buildings

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 12:00 am  

Watkins said the Majestic fire has “ignited passion” in redevelopment.

“I think this fire kind of really jolted everybody, and they may be more receptive to doing some things in the future,” Kempkes said.

“I think redevelopment was about to occur with or without the Majestic fire,” Taylor said. “But with the fire, there’s the potential for greater public interest in what’s going on. It’s galvanized a lot of support behind downtown.”

“These buildings are salvageable,” Watkins said. “They are gems. They are part of not only Arkansas history but American history.”



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