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'Preview' of what to expect at Central Landing, Lewis Crossing set for Tuesday night

Posted: August 4, 2014 - 3:55pm

The Conway Chamber of Commerce will be holding a sort of preview event for the planned Central Landing and Lewis Crossing shopping centers at 6:30 Tuesday night at the Centennial Valley country club’s special events center.

Representatives for the developers of the two shopping centers are expected to speak, and some stores will be confirmed. There will also be time for questions. 

Sam’s Club will be coming in at Lewis Crossing, along with an Academy Sports store. Plans show space for about a dozen tenants at Lewis Crossing, which will be built south of Dave Ward Drive just east of I-40.

Other stores have been rumored for the shopping centers, and for a time in June a website for developer Jim Wilson & Associates named almost 40 stores as tenants of Central Landing including Dillard’s, Books-a-Million, White House Black Market, Five Guys restaurant and Ann Taylor Loft. After the list was published that page was taken down and the developer hasn’t officially confirmed these tenants, but it’s likely that some of these will be confirmed on Tuesday night.

The contract with Central Landing’s developer obligates the city to build roads that, in addition to providing access to the shopping center, will help east-west connectivity in the city and hopefully solve the problems of Oak Street congestion. To build these roads requires a new revenue stream, and City Hall and the Conway City Council have decided that a bond rededication to obligate an 1/8 cent city sales tax from its current 2021 “sunset” date to 2044 is the best way to get the money. The rededication will have to be approved by a majority of voters in a Sept. 9 special election. 

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Lilly03
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Lilly03 08/05/14 - 09:16 am
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Does anyone find it

Does anyone find it interesting that the names of the stores are publicized everywhere and almost daily. However the date of the election to pass a tax to the people to pay for the stores is very rarely publicized (in this article, it's the last 4 words).
The citizens of Conway will have to pay a tax until 2044 for this, as well as the purchase you make at the stores and then the tax on that item.
People outside Conway just get to shop there - no hidden fee's.
This comment is not Pro or Con for the shopping center, it's more focused on the tried and true tactis used around here.
They only want the people they know will vote YES to remember Sept. 9th

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/05/14 - 10:49 am
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Lilly03

You got it nailed. This is nothing more than a Dog and Pony show to promote the pro bond extension vote. Anyone that has been paying attention to this entire airport shopping center issue knows this City Administration has got itself in a corner and deserves what it gets.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 08/05/14 - 01:01 pm
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Oh please

Internets grousers: Whatever

We're talking major cash flow to our city/community, in turn major improvements across the board as would affect everybody - even your grumpy selves. Roads, schools, police, fire, trash collection, on and on, all benefit.

But you guys act like a few bucks is a prison sentence. How do you think other communities prosper? Do they do so by sticking with the same old thing 'til they run it into the ground?

Do you want Conway to be the next Detroit? Waiting till the vultures are circling to bottom feed some trailer-park casinos?

This is something which will provide financial backbone for Conway for our children and grandchildren (and theirs in turn), something I find much more compelling than curmudgeonly pull-up-the-drawbridge short-sighted bromides (with no alternative solution) from the pretend-cynicism-is-wisdom crowd.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/05/14 - 01:39 pm
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Oh please

indeed. Simple business sense does let you, The City Fathers, put us the tax payers in this kind of situation to start with. Arrange the financing first then full steam ahead only if a need is there. Come on Igor how can you argue with that? See you at the meeting tonight.

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Igor Rabinowitz 08/05/14 - 02:27 pm
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1/8 cent tax

That's it, and it's a question of extending it past 2021 to 2044

Honestly, you guys must flat flip-out when a gnat's in the room.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/05/14 - 03:52 pm
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You

refuse or purposely avoid what i have been getting at. The tax itself is not the issue it is how we got to the point of having to approve it or supposedly the projects die. Read my lips get the money approved first. What a grouch.

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