Conway Council Approves Rezoning of Lewis Crossing Shopping Center

by Lee Hogan  on Friday, May. 16, 2014 1:38 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.

"[Sam's Club] knows what it wants to do," he said. "They only answer to themselves. The shopping center is still working on deals with other tenants, and when those deals are worked out, it's still a build-to-suit with the [tenants] coming in."

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The Lewis Crossing shopping center is not the only major project in the works in Conway. Just to the south and across I-40, Little Rock's Baptist Health is moving forward with plans for a 200,000-SF hospital. Baptist has already invested more than $10 million to assemble the site, and hopes to start on the 100-bed medical center this summer with a projected open date some time in 2016.

Though it is still in the planning stage, Patrick said Baptist is "almost permit-ready."

Not only is Lewis Crossing not the only major development, it's not the only major shopping center development in Conway. The Central Landing project, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151 acres of the municipal airport, which is moving to a 180-acre site in southwest Conway, is said to be a $100 million joint-effort between Conway Development Corp. and Jim Wilson & Associates LLC of Montgomery, Ala., which has more than 21 million SF of shopping center space on its resume.

"You're going to see major, major retailing expansion in the market," Brad Lacy, president of CDC, told Arkansas Business in March. "When you come back in five years, you're going to see a very different Conway."



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