CAVE SPRINGS, Ark. (KNWA)– Mayor Randy Noblett is unveiling his plans to re-brand the downtown area in Cave Springs.
Mayor Noblett wants to turn downtown Cave Springs into a “Historical Design District” to revitalize the city while keeping its traditional look.
But, it’s not the city footing the bill for the design changes, it’s the local business owners themselves.
With the new slogan “Bright Day Dawning,”Mayor Randy Noblett has his eyes on a brighter future for Cave Springs.
“So that we’re not just one more of a number of cities to drive by,” he said.
But, with the new slogan comes a larger plan to give the city what he’s calling a facelift.
“We’ve got the one coffee shop, and other than that we don’t have any sit down restaurants. We’ve got a few food trucks and that’s really it at the moment,” said Mayor Noblett.
Restaurants aren’t the only thing this small town is lacking, Mayor Noblett said the city is low on funding.
This is part of the reason he’s leaving it to the individual business owners to foot the bill on upgrading their stores.
Rhonda Nelson, the co-owner of Nelson Hardware said, “There’s so much going on here right now and we’d hate to see that go away.”
Rhonda Nelson and her family own a hardware store, a feed store and a tire shop all located in downtown.
They’ve owned the building for 13 years, and before them, another family owned it for 77 years.
“That’s what people love about these old businesses…They walk in and say ‘Oh my gosh I remember this when I was a kid’ and ‘This is just like the stores I used to go into with my grandparents,'” Nelson said. “So, you’ve got to keep some of the nostalgic feel and everything.”
What Mayor Noblett wants to do is keep that nostalgic feel and label downtown as a Historical Preservation District.
Because the city can’t pay for renovations, he’s urging developers to get on the National Registry, so they can benefit from federal and state tax credits when they make the changes he wants.
The Mayor said, “The other buildings downtown, I would love to see those updated in a manner that highlights the old buildings that they are and work towards putting them on the registry as well.”
Mayor Noblett unveiled the rebrand at the Cave Springs City Council Monday night.