It has been several years since a group of Conway doctors first announced they would open a new hospital in town. Now it looks like that project is on again, but with a larger scope and more players than originally announced. What was first planned as a small, private hospital is now shaping up to be a full-scale operation with an emergency room and a major name brand attached, I’m told. Of course, I’m not privy to all the details, but I’m sure when the folks behind this get ready, they will make it known.
Word is the new hospital is still planned for the Exchange Avenue area with access from Highway 365. When I say it’s coming soon, that is in long-range planning terms. As in, the project could get started next month, or it could be sometime in the next year. Keep an eye out for more information on that.
to east Conway
I have exciting news for my friends in far east Conway, west Vilonia and surrounding areas. It looks like Little Caesar’s is about to start work on a second location on East Oak Street near the fairgrounds. Some of you may remember a rumor about Little Caesar’s looking for a place to put a second location in Conway. By now it has been two or three years since I confirmed that rumor (and grew weary of checking in with my Little Caesar’s contact regularly). That just goes to show you how far a rumor can come ahead of the actual event.
The next thing is sort of a tease, but it is so interesting, I just had to share. A few years ago when downtown Conway really started shaping up — all the sidewalks having been redone and streetlights installed and what have you — we started hearing some talk about extending that ambiance down Oak Street toward the interstate. If newcomers could exit I-40 on Oak Street and immediately be drawn into downtown by attractive landscaping (or something), we were told, Conway would stand apart from all the other random towns on the interstate.
Apparently some people are ready to get started on the “something” in that scenario. Landowners, developers and presumably community leaders with know-how, are poised to do a major demolition and reconstruction on something, somewhere between downtown and the interstate. Isn’t that intriguing? Watch for heavy equipment!
There were so many other things I wanted to tell you this week, but, alas. I’m out of space. Come back next week for much more.
(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to email@example.com)