Williams announces new downtown projects

The Conway Downtown Partnership announced the additionof three new projects to the downtown area during a luncheon on Thursday.

 

Executive Director Kim Williams took the podium to give the audience a glimpse into what will be coming in the near future.

She said the first project is being done by Salter Properties. They will be taking the old Conway block plant and turning it into a creative, adaptive reuse of rundown space while still utilizing the existing structure.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever taken a look at the block plant, but it’s not really pretty,” Williams said. “We really hope that this project gets off to a very good start.”

The project itself, she said, is about 30,000 square feet of possible development with the ground floor featuring five suites — ranging from 601 to 7,200 square feet — that can be leased individually or as adjacent units consisting of restrooms, showers and locker space for employees.

The second level will feature three suites, which can be leased the same way, and will host a common area, break room and two rooftop patios.

“Did I mention rooftop patios?” Williams said. “That’s great. We are so excited about that.”

The next development, she said, is coming from Covington Companies at a nearly vacant lot located 1121 N. Front St. near where the farmer’s market sets up.

The brand new construction will be a two-story mixed-use building with retail suites on the bottom — 2,000 to 2,650 square feet — and the top floor containing three studio apartments — 900-950 square feet — with balconies that overlook Front Street.

“Did I mention balconies that overlook [the] street?” Williams said. “How wonderful is that?”

The third and final project announced during the meeting was by Rory Thompson Development located at 931 Locust St.

Williams said if the groupnoticed a fire at that location a year ago, the buildings that were affected were tore down recently.

The new building, she said, will consist of 430 square feet and have two possible retail or office bays, depending on what future tenants decide to use them as.

Williams said the north bay will be split up into two suites with a retail side and an office side in the back and the left-hand side will be either retail or office as well.

“We’re very excited about these developments and we appreciate all our developers for helping us continue to move Conway forward,” she said.

 

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