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What's new and coming soon to areas off Main Street in Little Rock 

New apartments, a bar for dogs, a retro bowling alley and more.

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The Clayton
Scott Street, between Ninth and 10th streets

The erstwhile Scott Street Lofts, now named The Clayton after Powell Clayton (the ninth governor of Arkansas and not to be confused with Adam Clayton Powell), will add 48 apartment units to downtown when the half-block-sized complex facing Scott Street between Ninth and 10th streets opens this summer. The Craftsman-style building of brick and lap siding will feature two 18-foot-wide courtyards on Scott Street. Moses Tucker scaled back the development's number of apartments, from 53 to 48, and height after neighbors expressed concerns about how it would fit in the neighborhood. Apartments range from 662 square feet to 1,007 square feet and $940 a month to $1,410, with the exception of the three-bedroom, 1,333 square feet, $1,800 a month.

West of Main
Between Arch and Gaines and 15th and 16th streets

Real estate investors Cassie Toro and Carol Worley hope to build a pocket development of 14 to 18 cottages and "carriage-style homes," with what Toro calls a "Southern, New Orleans feel." The houses would likely share a common green space. Toro and Worley plan to submit their proposal to the Capitol Zoning District Commission. If approved, Toro says construction on the estimated $6.8 million investment should begin this summer. Toro bought the property several years ago, but "almost instantly" became a foster parent to three children and put off development until she had more time.

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MacArthur Commons
414 E. Capitol Ave.

Moses Tucker Real Estate said MacArthur Commons represented the first new apartment construction in downtown Little Rock in 30 years when the complex opened in 2015. It includes 59 units, both one-bedroom apartments (leases start at $925 month) and two-bedroom apartments (starting at $1,575 a month); sizes range from 682 square feet to 1,113 square feet. Moses Tucker said the development was an $8 million project; developer David "Rusty" Thompson recently purchased the apartments for $10.5 million.

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The Row at Legion Village
516 Rock St.

So named because of its proximity to the former site of the MM Ebert Legion Post No. 1, which is being renovated as the Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge, the Row at Legion Village opened in 2016 with 36 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. One-bedroom (682 square feet) leases start at $810 a month and two-bedrooms (1,113 square feet) at $1,295 a month. Besides bowling, there will be another nearby amenity: Fassler Hall at 307 E. Capitol Ave., a German beer hall, next door to the Dust Bowl, 315 E. Capitol Ave. This Moses Tucker Real Estate development was a $5 million project.

click to enlarge UNLEASHED ENTREPRENEURS: Elizabeth Michael (left) and Cara Fowler are opening Bark Bar, where folks — and their best friends — can enjoy libations.
  • UNLEASHED ENTREPRENEURS: Elizabeth Michael (left) and Cara Fowler are opening Bark Bar, where folks — and their best friends — can enjoy libations.

Bark Bar
1201 Spring St.

Having obtained a building permit and 246 percent of the $5,500 they wanted to raise for the project, Elizabeth Michael and Cara Fowler are well on their way to turning a vacant mission-style church building at 1201 Spring St. into Bark Bar, Arkansas's first off-leash dog park and restaurant/bar. After wading through some red tape with the Alcohol Beverage Control, the Department of Health and the city, Fowler and Michael conducted a groundbreaking (well, wall-breaking, technically speaking) ceremony earlier this month. They are partnering with food and beverage distributors to create a menu that includes gourmet hot dogs, pub fare, a full bar, beers on tap and, for the pups, a doggie drink menu perhaps featuring minnow-flavored, toilet-flavored and bacon-flavored water. Fowler, Michael and her husband, Dan Roda, anticipate a late April opening.

click to enlarge FAST LANES: Bowling and beer coming to Capitol Avenue, thanks to Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl.
  • FAST LANES: Bowling and beer coming to Capitol Avenue, thanks to Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl.

Dust Bowl Lanes/Fassler Hall
307 E. Capitol Ave. 315 E. Capitol Ave.

Moses Tucker Real Estate and Tulsa's McNellie's Group are advancing long-running plans to renovate the M.M. Eberts American Legion Post into Dust Bowl Lanes, an eight-lane retro bowling alley with forerunners in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. It's to be neighbor to Fassler Hall, a German-style beer hall, at 307 E. Capitol Ave. in the former Paragon Printing building. If the Oklahoma City location is any indication of what we might expect for Little Rock's Dust Bowl Lanes, we can look forward to mid-century-styled tables for keeping score by hand, potato pancakes, and house-made sausages fried in duck fat in Fassler Hall's beer garden and throwback carpet and lighting. According to an article in The Oklahoman, the OKC location's owner and architect googled "ugly carpet" for inspiration.


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