Central Landing funding to be discussed at council

It’s possible that options for funding a round of street projects connected to the Central Landing redevelopment of the city’s current airport will come up at Tuesday night’s Conway City Council meeting.

Though not on the agenda, the Conway City Council held a special meeting on Feb. 3 to talk about options involving bonding different revenue streams to raise money for the improvements, some of which would have to be complete for the Central Landing projected opening date in 2016. The opening date had originally been tentatively planned for sometime in 2017.

The council decided at the special meeting to bring up the issue again during Tuesday night’s council committee meeting, during which no official action can be taken. However, given the need to coordinate the street improvements with the opening date, the council could vote to make some official step during the full meeting.

About $18 million in street improvements relating to access to the Central Landing shopping center have been identified. This is in addition to the several ongoing and planned street improvements elsewhere in the city, including the Western Loop, which would also have to be paid for. So far, there has been no official talk about increasing city taxes to pay for street improvements.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m in the District Court building at 810 Parkway Street. The committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. For the full agenda, go to www.cityofconway.org.

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