Walton Arts Center, TheaterSquared, Fayetteville Public Library and the Dickson Street Merchants Association Endorse all 10 Bond Questions

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Today, representatives from the Walton Arts Center, TheaterSquared, the Fayetteville Public Library and the Dickson Street Merchants Association announced their joint endorsement of all 10 bond questions up for a vote on April 9th as part of the 10forFayetteville campaign.

You can see KNWA’s coverage of the press conference by clicking here.

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Fayetteville cultural arts corridor would lift downtown, officials say

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The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette continued their coverage of the 10 bond questions up for vote on April 9th. this story focused on the impact the Arts Corridor would have on downtown, and the rest of Fayetteville.

The arts corridor includes a three-acre civic gathering space at Dickson Street and West Avenue, where the Walton Arts Center parking lot is now. It also involves turning the seven-acre or so Fay Jones Parkland woods immediately west of the Fayetteville Public Library into a nature attraction. Also included are improvements to West Avenue and the Razorback Greenway.

The bond measure has a provision to build a parking deck replacing the 290 spaces that would be lost at the Walton Arts Center lot. Mayor Lioneld Jordan has said no work will start on the civic space until the replacement parking is finished. Language in the ballot measure ensures that.

City administrators see the corridor as a potential economic draw, a free venue for visitors to experience art and events, an environmental-protection measure and stimulus to the downtown scene.

You can read the full story at www.nwaonline.com or by clicking HERE.

Fayetteville bond projects to link trails - Nearly $6.9 million would go to constructing about 10 miles

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Stacy Ryburn of theNWA Democrat-Gazette posted another installment of his ongoing story about the impact of passage for the 10 bond questions. Sunday’s article focused on our ever growing network of trails.

It won't be the first time city voters will be asked to use bond money for trails. A $2.1 million referendum from 2006 helped build what became the Razorback Greenway through the city.

Fayetteville has a fiveyear trail plan it updates with recommendations from the Active Transportation Advisory Committee, a mostly resident panel focusing on sidewalks and trails. About $1.5 million annually is dedicated to the plan, which is enough to build about 2 miles of trail each year.

"The mayor's committed to continuing that. If the bond passes, then it's an addition," Trails Coordinator Matt Mihalevich said. "It's really going to allow us to get ahead on some of these projects by going above the 2 miles per year of new trail and catch up with some of these more difficult projects."

Subscribers to the NWA Democrat-Gazette can read the full story by clicking here. You can read more information the build Fayetteville’s Future Campaign, 10-For Fayetteville at www.BuildFayettevillesFuture.com — or follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.

Fayetteville voters to decide on transportation projects

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Stacy Ryburn of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is writing a series of stories about the bond initiatives listed as part of the 10ForFayetteville Campaign. So far each story in his series has been about one of the specific questions listed on the ballot — and how their passage would help reshape the future of our growing community. The story was mostly about Question 2: Road and Street Improvements.

FAYETTEVILLE -- No matter where residents live or their financial situations, they have to get around town. City leaders want to make it easier with a proposed transportation bond program.

Voters will be asked April 9 to continue the city's 1 percent sales tax to pay for about $226 million worth of projects. Early voting starts April 2. There will be 10 questions on the ballot, each pertaining to a different topic. The one for transportation is by far the largest.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan said the street improvements will be the most visible of the projects in the bond referendum.

"These projects run the gamut from major roadways such as 71B and the arterial loop, to improved sidewalk connectivity and bicycling tracks, to better signaling for increasing the walkability of our city," he said. "These street improvements foster business activity and provide a safe way for people to get around -- whether by foot, by car, by bike or on public transit."

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For the full text of the report, subscribers to the NWA Democrat-Gazette can read more here. You can read more information the build Fayetteville’s Future Campaign, 10-For Fayetteville at www.BuildFayettevillesFuture.com — or follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.


Fayetteville council sees final concepts for Cultural Arts Corridor

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The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette posted a great article on The City Council’s settings to discuss the potential uses of the Arts corridor.:

Breck Gastinger with Nelson Byrd Woltz said the plan has many pieces, but the team kept in mind the overall point to make the corridor a flexible, vibrant, public urban space.

The civic space in particular will have a water course running through it, open event space and room for buildings on the northern and southern ends. Requests for proposals will go out for the buildings, and their construction won't be part of the bond issue.

"We've looked at the ways the civic space can function on a variety of levels," he said. "For many, it might be too easy to think of this space as a park. We've heard that term. We've tried not to use that term. We think this land is incredibly valuable and will perform a range of functions."

No work on the arts corridor will begin until replacement parking is established. Garver Engineering has been hired to do a site analysis and make recommendations on where the replacement parking would go.

Read the full article here, or at nwaonline.com.

Arts corridor a chance to showcase community

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Rachael Pope of Fayetteville had a fantastic letter in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning.

Fayettevillians have a unique opportunity to showcase what makes Fayetteville funky and build a gathering space for our community.

For the past year, the city and landscape architects with Nelson Byrd Woltz have worked together to design a cultural arts corridor that would join the Walton Arts Center and the new TheatreSquared building with the Fayetteville Public Library and the Fay Jones Woods. Make no mistake, though: They worked hard to solicit public opinion through numerous community surveys and input sessions, and their design reflects this. We wanted a public gathering space for festivals, and we've got one. We wanted to preserve the Fay Jones Woods, and include a nature education element and that's in there, too. We worried that we'd lose all our parking, and the city has promised to replace every single one of those spaces before construction begins.

The cultural arts corridor will give us a place to go after we've done our shopping at the Farmer's Market or picked up our books at the library. It will give us a reason to come down early for a show, or a place to wander after a meal on Dickson Street. It means money for local businesses, but more importantly mean a place for us to gather together, a place that we can all take pride in, where we can all feel at home.

How do we make this happen? The bond referendum on April 9 will provide necessary funds for the cultural arts corridor, so vote "yes," and let's build a city together that our children will be proud of.

Rachel Pope

Fayetteville

Fayetteville mayor touts city's economy, potential bond projects in annual address

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Stacy Rayburn with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently wrote about Mayor Jordan’s State of the City address. The Mayor’s remarks went in-depth about the upcoming bond initiative and what its passage would mean for the city.

"This bond package includes investments in every major infrastructure area we need," Jordan said. "It is a result of years of master planning and hard work, with a keen eye to future economic vitality interests."

Read the full story here, or go to arkansasonline.com

Fayetteville bond special election set for April 9, 2019

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The Fayetteville Flyer did a story from last night’s city council meeting.

If approved, the 2019 program would generate about $226 million that would be used for road, drainage, trail and park improvements; economic development; construction of a cultural arts corridor and new parking facilities; a new police headquarters; a new fire station; various city facilities improvements; and refinancing outstanding sales tax bonds.

Read the full story here, or go to Fayettevilleflyer.com