The committee reviewing proposals for the future use of Ray Winder Field has chosen the bid by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to turn the park into a parking lot, a city official has told ArkansasBusiness.com.
On Friday, the Ray Winder Field Request for Proposal Review Committee officially recommended the $1.1 million bid by UAMS to the city manager, who was out of town and unavailable for comment.
The proposal now goes to the city manager for approval and then to the Little Rock City Board of Directors. If either party disapproves, the review process would likely start over at the committee level, city spokesman Scott Carter said.
The bid is also subject to further price negotiations between UAMS and the city.
Former Little Rock Mayor Jim Daily chaired the five-member committee.
Other members include: Steven Arnold, a bishop of St. Mark’s Baptist Church; Gwendolyn Hodge, a member of the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Commission; Baker Kurrus, who represents the War Memorial Task Force and serves on the on Little Rock School District board; and Craig Berry, the chairman of the Midtown Redevelopment District Committee.
Carter said the city expects the proposal to go before the board of directors in the next two to four weeks.
The other bids for the 3.82-acre portion of Ray Winder came from the Little Rock Zoo for an Asian elephant exhibit, and the Ray Winder Foundation and American League for baseball purposes. However, American League withdrew its bid, Carter said.