Few things have captured the excitement of the Springdale community and garnered as much enthusiasm and momentum in so short a time as ongoing efforts to re-shape and re-invigorate Downtown Springdale.
With the support of city government and business leaders, work is well underway to design what the future holds for Downtown Springdale. The 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System cuts through the heart of downtown, a boost for significant investment. The future is bright for retail, commercial and office development in Downtown Springdale.
The Tyson Foods JTL Building at 516 E. Emma Ave celebrated a grand opening in July of 2016 with community leaders. The 30,000 square foot building now is home to almost 100 Tyson Foods employees and the Tyson Foods Company Store. The building, which Tyson purchased in 2014 and started renovating in 2015, is the first completed project Tyson recently announced for the downtown area.
Recent Downtown Springdale Investments:
$493,000 gift from Care Foundation for construction of Walter Turnbow Park
$100,000 gift from Tyson Foods for construction of Walter Turnbow Park
$100,000 gift from Springdale Chamber for construction of Walter Turnbow Park
$1,200,000 purchase of 200 block of East Emma Avenue by Springdale Downtown LLC
$37,313 purchase of 317 E. Emma Avenue (Brown Building) by Tyson Foods
$50,000 purchase of Apollo Theater by Restore Springdale, LLC
$450,000 purchase of 516 E. Emma Avenue (Orschlen Building) by Tyson Foods
$250,000 purchase of 111 S. Main (Watson's Furniture Building) by Philip Taldo
$1,000,000 purchase of 101, 105, 109, 111 & 126 W. Emma Avenue by Downtown Blend, LLC
$400,000 purchase of 113-115 W. Emma Avenue by 113 West Emma, LLC
$2.33 million purchase of 501 N. Main Street (Magnolia Gardens Event Venue by Springdale Downtown LLC
Downtown Master Plan
Downtown Springdale, which includes several blocks to the north and south of Emma Avenue, is undergoing an exciting renewal. Millions of dollars in private and public investment are helping to inject a new vitality to the city center.
Downtown Springdale is home to many of the city's most popular visitor attractions including The Jones Center, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, the Arts Center of the Ozarks, the Rodeo of the Ozarks and Parsons Stadium and the Arkansas & Missouri Excursion Train.
Months of public input culminated in December of 2015 with the Springdale City Council adopting a masterplan, developed by the consultant firm H3 Studio.
The plan, which can be downloaded here, provides a road map for a multi-year process that will redevelop Downtown Springdale's residential, retail, commercial, dining, entertainment and public use.
The summer of 2015 will find the completion of Walter Turnbow Park at Shiloh Square. Construction includes the uncapping of Spring Creek between Emma Avenue and Johnson Street and terracing from the Razorback Regional Greenway down to Spring Creek in an area certain to become a focal point for downtown activities.