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Community Design Center Offers Options for Dickson Housing

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is presenting plans to add urban housing to Dickson Street.
Fayetteville, AR - The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is presenting plans to add urban housing to Dickson Street.

The project looks at West Avenue and the adjoining parking lot, proposing mixed use housing and other activities to advance a cultural arts district in Fayetteville around the Walton Arts Center.

"Right now, West Avenue is a pretty auto dominated street," says UACDC Director Stephen Luoni. "Even though downtown generally is a pretty walkable environment. There's patches in which we can really improve the downtown neighborhood."

The proposal includes four different options.

"Each scheme has different amenities," Luoni says. "Some of them have a lot of commercial and restaurant space built in. We have galleries. We have playgrounds and ball courts... The most difficult scheme is perhaps the most iconic one. It's what we call the mountain scheme. It's terraced housing. Every unit has a roof garden, and it has multiple parking decks and actually gives us almost 300 parking spaces... but it's actually fairly costly to build."

Luoni says the designs give the city something to demand from developers.

"This is a way to build a complete neighborhood that complements the downtown amenities we have," he says.

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce checked out the plans Friday, and the Walton Arts Center and the city are also involved, but ultimately, it's up to developers to turn the ideas into reality.
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