Cultural Arts Corridor Bond Approved by City Council


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA)–Right now the Fayetteville City Council is asking for input on a multi-million dollar project pending in the heart of downtown.

This comes after the council approved a bond last night that includes a first of its kind Cultural Arts Corridor.

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce wants to emphasize that the potential addition is not just a park, it’s a destination which will be used as a magnet to attract more people to the city.

$21 million, that’s the amount the Fayetteville City Council approved to build this Cultural Arts Corridor.

But it can’t do it without approval from the people of Fayetteville first.

The recently passed bond says the council is going to ask voters on April 9th if they want this new addition.

Steve Clark of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce says the corridor will have an elevated sidewalk, trails, water streams and art installations.

The Walton Arts Center says that it and the Dickson St. Merchants organization are excited about this project, but parking has to be a part of the vision.
Jennifer Wilson, the director of public relations at the Walton Arts Center says that after taking a survey, 
more than 85 percent of the respondents said parking was very important.
Clark says with the cultural arts budget comes money for additional parking. He insists that the number of spaces now versus if the corridor is built will not change.
You can see the parking options here if the lot next to the Walton Arts Center is used for the corridor.

According to the blueprints, the new corridor will stretch from Dickson street to the intersection of West Ave. and South St.

Wilson said, “We appreciate the fact that everybody listened to each other and figured out a compromise that would work, and appreciate the fact that the city wants to invest in the city.”

To take the public survey about the Cultural Arts Corridor, click here.

This new addition will not cost taxpayers anything extra, it will come from the one percent tax that’s already in place.

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