Eyes on Downtown Springdale
In 2020, we visited with the Mayor of Springdale, Doug Sprouse, to discuss his vision for the future of Downtown Springdale. At that time, Downtown Springdale seemed to be in the beginning stages of renovating some buildings along and near E Emma Ave. Mayor Sprouse said he saw the revitalization process as being organic and authentic, stating that the Razorback Greenway was a catalyst for the seriousness regarding redevelopment. He talked about the positive impact companies and organizations like Tyson, J.B Hunt, & Walton related entities have had on the growth in Downtown Springdale. The city was working off of a Master Plan that was created and adopted in 2015. This plan detailed the path to a vibrant downtown and the city felt that is was on the right trajectory to achieving just that.
Since our conversation with Mayor Sprouse, much has happened and is continuing to happen in Downtown Springdale. In 2022, the city unanimously adopted a new 86-page updated master plan. City officials felt the need to revisit the original 2015 Master Plan as many of the items had either been completed or were being started. Those items included 15 private and public implementation projects totaling over $200 million. The updated Master Plan includes items such as expanded boundaries of the downtown district, adding housing & parking, as well as increasing the connectivity and accessibility of transportation methods (walking, biking, buses, etc.). With the help of the Downtown Springdale Alliance, the city of Springdale is looking to capitalize on the successes achieved from the original plan and continue to build a thriving downtown.
Here is a list of new developments, businesses, parks, & news in the Downtown Springdale area. Click on the green text to learn more.
202 Railside- 55 unit apartment complex with commercial space on the ground floor
100 W Emma Ave– Known as the First Security Bank complex. There are plans for a new downtown multi-use building which will include retail, residential, restaurants, & office use.