Last Monday Corco Construction broke ground on what will be Rogers Plaza at the corner of Oak and Court Street in front of the Chamber of Commerce building.
Rogers Plaza will consist of a park with landscaping and a fountain, and an archway with the inscription “Historic Downtown Conway” accompanied by the City of Conway trademark circled c that will stretch across Oak Street at the plaza’s entrance.
Justin Bennett, Rogers Plaza project manager and Corco Construction partner, said construction crews will start with demolition and storm drainage, then move on to the fountain work and archway.
The plaza is part of the city’s goal to make a more defined entrance to downtown as laid out in the city’s strategic plan, Conway 2025.
With the plaza being built in a busy area, Bennett said, he’s picking times to work on the project that will affect businesses and traffic the least.
“Any work that will affect traffic will be done at night,” he said.
The project is funded by the Advertising and Promotion Commission and City of Conway Parks & Recreation A&P fund. Bennett said he’s not sure when the plaza’s construction will be finished, but his crews are trying to complete the project for an event the city is planning.
“That’s kind of up in the air, but we’re trying to do it in time for the city for something they’re trying to put on,” he said.
Rogers Plaza is named after Earl Rogers whose family donated the land to the city in honor of him.
Bennett said he wants to create something the city of Conway can enjoy for generations to come.
“The basic goal is to complete the project in a timely manner, and make something of quality the city can be proud of for a long time,” he said.
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