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The Hotel Pines opened in 1913 in an effort to attract more business to the section of Main Street south of the city’s railroad tracks, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
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‘The Dream Is Still Alive’ at Pine Bluff’s Hotel PinesLock Icon

It’s been two years since Arkansas Business reported on the planned renovation of the historic Hotel Pines in Pine Bluff. read more >
The historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs announced a $50 million renovation plan last year, before Arkansas voters approved casino gambling, which is coming to Hot Springs’ Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.
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As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for LiftLock Icon

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn’t have been happier. read more >
Hotel Pines owner Stuart Hee, left, and architect Nate Drinkwine.
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Pine Bluff’s Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Hotel Pines Could Soon Be Site of New Dining SpotLock Icon

If permit applications are to be believed, plans are in the works for a microbrewery and restaurant in the 200 block of Barraque St. in Pine Bluff and for a restaurant in the old Hotel Pines at 426 S. Main. read more >
David Sargent, principal and CEO of WER Architects/Planners In Little Rock, expects the health care sector to generate a significant amount of work for Arkansas firms in the year ahead.  “We’re seeing more of these senior living neighborhoods where there’s either duplexes or apartments for 55 and up,” he said.
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Blueprint For 2018? Architecture Firms See Busy YearLock Icon

Spending on construction projects across the country could rise by 4 percent this year over 2017, which is welcome news for Arkansas architects and engineers. read more >
Paul Dodds, managing director of Urban Frontier, which buys, renovates and then rents out homes in the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District in Little Rock.
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Tax Reform Poses Threat to Historic Preservation ProgramLock Icon

Tax reform proposals wending their way through Congress threaten federal historic tax credits, financial incentives that Arkansas developers, government officials and historic preservationists say have been crucial to economic development efforts in the state. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff. read more >