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Birch: First Phase of Little Rock Tech Park to Open in Fall 2016

The first phase of the planned Little Rock Technology Park is targeted to open in the fall of 2016 with 40,000-SF of incubator and office space at 417 Main, Tech Park Executive Director Brent Birch said Tuesday. Birch updated the Little Rock Rotary Club on the progress of the park and broke down the project's five phases: Redevelopment of 415 and 417 Main into space for park tenants. Development of wet/dry lab space at 319 Main. Construction of a parking deck with ground floor retail/restaurant space on the east side of the 400 block of Main. Evaluation for future development/rehabilitation of the Worthen Building, which houses the KATV studios on the southeast corner of Capitol and Main. De

Creative Corridor Debuts First Completed Section

The city of Little Rock on Monday opened the 500 block of Main Street — the first section of the Creative Corridor streetscape. The environmentally friendly area features tree-lined boardwalks, rain gardens and other biodiverse vegetation. It is designed to become a downtown hub that can support both pedestrian activity and traffic. According to Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, the design for the area has won more than 10 national and international awards. He said the plan revolves around creativity, vitality and energy on the streets. On Monday, an open house allowed visitors to tour the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas, Matt McLeod Fine Art and Cranfo

Grand Opening for Little Rock's Creative Corridor

Revitalizing the downtown Main Street area by making it a hub for arts organizations is a project first conceived by Mayor Mark Stodola in 2007. Eight years in the making, he looks forward to announcing the completion of the first phase. "For those people who grew up in Little Rock and know that Main Street basically was dead from about 1985 until 2015 I think they're going to see a tremendous rebirth," said Stodola. Beautifying the streetscape, adding new apartments, and attracting businesses were all part of the original vision. Karen Curry, the Grants Manager for Little Rock, said the efforts began to take shape "when we were able to get a technical assistance grant from the Environmental

Twenty Years in River Market Keeps Rollin' on the River

Asked to describe downtown Little Rock's pre-River Market era, real estate developer Jimmy Moses paused. Given the runaway success and rampant development that has transpired there over the past 20 years -- inspiring projects from North Little Rock's Argenta District to South Main Street Little Rock along the way -- it's a tall order. "Well, if you kind of go back to the first half of the 1990s," began the founder and chairman of Moses Tucker Real Estate, "before anything began, East Markham Street, now President Clinton Avenue, was mostly a boarded-up and largely deserted old commercial district. There was a casket company on the corner, LaHarpe Office Furnishings and further down the str

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