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New Life Breathed Into Classic Fayetteville Square Building

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- From historic to hip, some new owners look to put the life back into an old building found on the Fayetteville Square.

The building, located at 62 West Center St., is over a century old. It is hard to miss. Many know the old stone structure as the former First National Bank building.

It has eye catching details that excite consulting architect Lisa Skiles.

"It's that detail. It's the upper brick corbaling or in the freeze. It's this grid of pattern that we still don't know if it's terra-cotta or cast," Skiles said as she showed off the form of the building.

The structure has roots that date back to 1897. Now it is under new ownership. The project has been started by a group of investors under the name 62 West Center LLC. Aaron Crawley said he and his business partners have big plans.

"We want to be apart of the next chapter of downtown Fayetteville, and we like the unique nature of the Fayetteville Square and the history here," said Crawley.

This isn't a demo or a remodel, it's a restoration after Crawley and his crew discovered the exterior of the building is the original stone among other things.

"We really want to kind of bring it back to life. Have it more of a modern building on the inside with modern features but maybe exposed brick on the inside high ceilings," said Crawley.

There is no exact timeline on when this project will be done, but Crawley adds they do have an idea of what they want the building transitioned into.

"We are hope we can bring it back, bring it back to life and get more activity in the building with a mix of office and retail," Crawley said.

The building's current tenants will remain open during the restoration.


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