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.