Downtown Springdale Revitalization
Downtown Springdale has been a huge focus for city leaders as well as community partners. When we spoke with Mayor Doug Sprouse in January of 2020, he spoke very highly of the efforts being made in Springdale, but more specifically downtown. There have been and will continue to be many improvements to buildings, parks, and the infrastructure in and around the area in the coming years. Check out some of the new additions we can expect to see take place in Springdale, Arkansas.
Revitalization of Downtown
5 years ago, in 2015, the City of Springdale adopted the Downtown Springdale Master Plan. Since then, there have been many efforts made to renovate buildings, improve the infrastructure, and create opportunities for growth. A notable renovation that has made an impact on Downtown Springdale is Walter Turnbow Park. It went under construction in 2017 adding pavilions, outdoor seating areas, and gathering space for events. The Downtown Springdale Alliance has used these facilities to bring thousands of people to the downtown area each year.
A new mixed-use development is coming to Emma Street. The 69,000 square foot building will feature 55 apartments, street-level retail, several commercial spaces, and be anchored by a new hangout called “Traveling Public.” Ropeswing Hospitality Group is behind the development and has stated it will share similarities to other local concepts they designed such as The Holler, Preacher’s Son, Pressroom, and more. Construction on this project has begun with plans to open early 2021.
Another mixed-use development, Little Emma, will feature 2,500 square feet of retail and office space on the first floor and 26 residential units on the second floor. The developers of Little Emma say that this will be the first of many multi-phase projects along Emma Avenue.
Outdoor Dining District
In August 2020, the city approved an ordinance to establish the Downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District. This is a temporary ordinance that allows people to walk around with alcoholic beverages purchased from vendors within the specified district area. This ordinance was approved in order to bring people and visitors to the downtown area and support local businesses. It is only a temporary ordinance lasting 6 months, but will be reviewed at its expiration.