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Friday, September 19, 2008

Opposition to hotel plan

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 8:12 PM

The Little Rock Downtown Neighborhood Association opposes a waiver of the River Market design district rules to allow a seven-story aloft hotel on Clinton Avenue across from the River Market.

LETTER FROM DNA

September 12, 2008
Dana Carney
Little Rock Planning Department
723 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Dear Mr. Carney,

The Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association voted
yesterday to support upholding the Design Standards of the River Market
District, and oppose the proposed waiver Jimmy Moses requested on behalf of
Aloft Hotel, so that seven stories, rather than four, could be constructed.
Please relay this to the Little Rock Board of Adjustment, which is to
consider this request at its Sep. 29 session.

Thoughtful consideration went into creation of these Standards, and nothing
has changed in the architecture that would justify junking these standards.

Hold firm, please, and deny the waiver.

Compatibility with the existing architecture is also a critical factor in
the Design Standards, and we urge you to uphold these, rather than grant
waivers on these standards, as well.

Our homes and businesses rely on the value generated from historic
buildings, protected by Historic District rules established by officials
working with us.

It’s bad for business to damage the neighbors and the value of their
structures in the pursuit of redevelopment. There is a cost to consider
whenever someone proposes a benefit; look for it, and decide accordingly.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours Truly,
Sharon Welch-Blair
President

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