Push begins for Robinson Center expansion | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Push begins for Robinson Center expansion

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau today began in earnest its push for a bond issue to expand the WPA-era Robinson Center. We've written about the topic several times previously, but the plans are now drawn up. The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission signed off yesterday and now all that stands between a vote on the necessary bond issue is a vote from the Little Rock Board of Directors. It's to discuss the issue tonight, but not vote until Oct. 1 on setting a Dec. 10 election.

The bond vote won't bring a tax increase. It will use the existing restaurant-and-hotel tax. Expiration of a previous bond issue frees up the money. The project will cost an estimated $68.6 million, counting fees and relocation costs during the closure. The bond issue would allow for a bit more for potential overruns, up to $73 million. If approved, the center would be closed in July next year and the work would take a bit more than two years to finish. The auditorium would have fewer, better seats and a lowered stage more readily served by equipment from traveling shows.A glass walled area would be added on the river side of the structure, to present a more appealing facade to the north. You can see it in the video prepared above. Lots more details here.

Pollsters were in the field last night testing talking points for the bond campaign: Much of the tax is paid by visitors to the city; tourist economy is good for the city; more church and school groups will be able to use the revamped auditorium; no tax will be raised; etc.

Leslie Peacock, who attended the news conference, reports that some were surprised by a radio reporter's question about what precaution had been taken in regards possibility people armed with semi-automatic rifles would come busting in the new entrance of the remodeled assembly hall. Deploy the drone toy helicopters equipped with tiny missiles, I guess.

Tags: , , , ,


Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Ethics Commission to review illegal contribution to Leslie Rutledge

    Blue Hog Report says that the Ethics Commission has confirmed it will investigate what appears to be a clear ethics law violation he found in Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's campaign records — a May 21 contribution of $2,700 from the Republican Attorneys General Association eight days before the PAC was registered in the state.
    • Oct 23, 2018
  • Jared Henderson calls on Hutchinson administration to stop 'demeaning' teachers

    Jared Henderson, the Democratic candidate for governor, has blasted the move by Education Commissioner Johnny Key to weaken job protection for certain Little Rock School District teachers. He says it's of a piece with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's "empty rhetoric" about education.
    • Oct 23, 2018
  • Tuesday: News roundup and open line

    Here's the open line. Also today's news and comment.
    • Oct 23, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Police identify two women found fatally shot on Chicot Road

    Little Rock police have identified two women found dead of gunshot wounds in an SUV parked next to a vacant trailer in a mobile home park at 11500 Chicot Road.
    • May 16, 2017


  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation