Business / Downtown Springdale / Economic Development

Downtown Announcements Highlight Summit

Exciting news of new commercial, dining and residential space plus details of dramatic changes to Downtown Springdale greenspace highlighted the 2nd annual Invest Springdale Summit Thursday. The event is presented by the Chamber and Downtown Springdale Alliance.

Attendees heard details of a four-story venue where San Jose Manor and Ryan’s once stood that will include ground floor commercial spaces and 48 residential units. The original Ryan’s at the corner of Emma and Spring will be home to a new venue called Traveling Public – a place where people can hang out for coffee, a meal, work or play.

Another 24 residential units will be built on land immediately west of the old Washington Elementary School at 726 E. Emma. The Shiloh Capital development group explained the facility will have apartments ranging from 500-850 square feet with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments planned.

Design plans for a re-imagined Luther George Park were unveiled as well, with a goal of linking Downtown with the Razorback Greenway and Spring Creek with features including an open air stage, public art and more. Improvements to the Razorback Greenway crossing at Emma Avenue will be made in addition to new greenspace, grassy berms, trees and lighting.

A final announcement was made by Tyler Christopher, executive vice president of SkipStone Pictures, announcing the opening of a Springdale office for the film company with immediate plans to shoot a new film in Northwest Arkansas and the creation of a new film festival.

“We’re going to look back and say this was the day that we turned the corner on downtown development,” said Perry Webb, Chamber president.

Brenda Anderson of Blue Crane Development Group and Rob Apple of RopeSwing Group, both entities of The Runway Group, made the announcement about the 200 block of Emma Avenue, explaining it will be the first project for RopeSwing outside Bentonville. Other well-known RopeSwing venues include Pressroom, Preacher’s Son, Louise at Thaden Field, Record and The Holler.

Invest Springdale Summit sponsors include lead sponsors Cargill and ESI, Inc., as well as Airtech Corporation, Burns & McDonnell Engineers, Cherokee Casino & Hotel, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Flintco, Midtown Associates, Milestone Construction, Multi-Craft Contractors, Office Depot, Ozarks Electric, OzarksGo and Tyson.