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.
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first thing to understand is that before it's a presidential election, it's a TV program. To the suits at CNN, NBC and Fox News, that means it's about ratings and money. So of course they're going to play it as a cliffhanger.
Of course the take over of the Governor's Mansion by Asa Hutchinson was his idea, not that of legislators who claimed credit. And the reason portends changes in historic appearance and use of what was once the people's mansion.
The rationalists in both parties and the nonpartisan public have little time left to sort out Donald Trump and his magic with the lusty crowds that show up for his rallies, hang on his tweets, follow his Fox News gabfests and give him outsized votes in the primaries.
Still more evidence mounts that control was the reason for legislation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to strip the Governor's Mansion Commission of its power. Read more about the Hutchinson families artistic disagreements and also their desire to reduce public access to the building, including the Grand Hall built for that purpose.