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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 06:56:00

Little Rock's green card development plan for Donaghey Building

A federal program to encourage foreign investment in return for visa is examined in the New York Times today, the same day the Little Rock City Board will consider a zoning proposal for redevelopment of the Donaghey Building downtown using the federal program.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 08:52:00

It's official: Aloft hotel project on hold

Channel 11 spoke with Jacob Chi, leader of Chi Developers, who confirms the project to put an Aloft hotel in the old Boyle Building at Capitol and Main is on indefinite hold, as we've indicated several times previously.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 08:34:00

How do you feel about a Ruth's Chris on Robinson plaza?

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported this morning on a continuing pitch by a developer to get the piece of city land in front of the Doubletree Hotel that's now occupied by a fountain and open bricked plaza to develop a chain restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. What do you think?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:53:00

New sculpture at 2nd and Main

The city of Little Rock and the Sculpture at the River Market Committee installed a new sculpture at Second and Main this morning.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 17:02:00

The "Financial Quarter" — a design idea for downtown

Architects, developers and business people met today to talk about transforming the look, feel and use of a 30-block area that includes Capitol Avenue and blocks north, which they've tagged as the "Financial Quarter." (The boundaries, not written in stone, would be Broadway and Main on the west and east and the Arkansas River and Sixth Street on the north and south.)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 15:50:00

Downtown design district draws detractors

That bomb you heard going off around noon at the Lafayette Building at Louisiana and Sixth Street was dropped by the Little Rock Downtown Partnership, in the form of a proposed design overlay district for Main Street and its neighbors.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:17:00

A surge of millennials builds hope for downtowns such as Kansas City and Little Rock

A surge in downtown Kansas City — population growth, business development and entertainment lures — offers a grander parallel to what's underway in Little Rock's own urban core.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:08:00

New apartments going up on Capitol Avenue in River Market district

The Markham Commons apartment project is now under construction on the site of the former Arkla headquarters in the River Market district.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:05:00

Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill coming to 4th and Main

Chris Tanner provides details on Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill, an ambitious restaurant planned for ground floor space in The Mann at 4th and Main. 32 beers and 20 wines on draft and food prepared quickly on wood-fired grills are the headliners.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 07:24:00

New restaurant planned for Main Street by Cheers owner

Chris Tanner, owner of the popular Cheers restaurant in the Heights, hasn't gotten back to me on details but the town is awash with news that he's firmed up plans to open a new restaurant at Fourth and Main Street.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 09:39:00

Little Rock Tech Park: Site selection leads to money questions

The Little Rock Tech Park now has a solid consensus on where to put the development — on Main Street. Now come even harder questions, all about money.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 07:51:00

A MAPCO update: Predictions still say it won't pass

A social event last night provided me with some first-hand background from several related parties on the raging City Hall debate on the proposal to install a 24-hour MAPCO gas station and beer outlet within two blocks of the front steps of the Robinson Auditorium, where a $70 million renovation has begun. PREDICTION: The proposal can't pass, but eternal vigilance is required.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42:00

Montessori school chooses Main Street site

A Montessori school that hopes to eventually offer non-sectarian education from pre-school through high school has chosen Main Street, the Kress building at 610 Main, for the school .It will open for pre-K-4 grades this coming August.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:09:00

Aloft Hotel is Chi pick for 5th and Main

The Chi Hotel Group, one of the entrepreneurial Chi family's enterprises, announced this morning its $18 million plan to turn the historic Boyle Building at Capitol and Main into a 12-story Aloft Hotel.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:09:00

Moses Tucker announces apartment renovation project on Capitol Avenue

Downtown developers Moses Tucker Real Estate announced plans today for a $1 million renovation of the 1936 Voss Apartment building at the corner of Rock Street and Capitol Avenue.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:35:00

Bennett's Military moving to 608 Main Street

Bennett's Military, a downtown Little Rock mainstay since 1870, has found a new home at 608 Main Street, the former site of Phillips Men's Store. Bennett's owner, Sheree Meyer, who inherited the business from her father in 2003, signed the lease this week.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:49:00

Marriott plans $16 million renovation to downtown Little Rock hotel

The Marriott in downtown Little Rock plans $16 milliion in renovations, which will include changes to some public rooms such as the lobby bar, the former cigar lounge and restaurant.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:55:00

Bennett's Military will stay downtown, but precise location still under study

News yesterday about plans to renovate the Fulk Building, current home of Bennett's Military Supplies, for a new home for the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods ad/PR firm didn't include an answer to the future location of the venerable retailer, 144 years old and a 74-year resident of Main Street. A new location should be decided by next week. It will be downtown.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:20:00

Cranford Johnson to relocate to Third and Main

A potential move reported here weeks ago has been firmed up: Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the state’s largest marketing, advertising and public relations firm, will move from Capitol Avenue to the Fulk Building at Third and Main, the long-time home of Bennett's Military Supplies. Jones Film Video, which has been at Sixth and Chester, will move into a building across the street that has been occupied by Mr. Cool's.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 07:52:00

City, state propose to help pay for utility relocation costs on downtown development

The state and the city are planning to pay $248,500 of the cost of relocating electric lines for develop of two hotels and an apartment project on blocks catacorner from each other at Fourth and Rock Streets. The government contribution is described as a spur to $58 million in investment that would contribute to downtown development.

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