Annual Luncheon to Celebrate Downtown Conway’s Decade of Growth

Since the inception of the Conway Downtown Partnership a decade ago, smart growth has been the cornerstone of the organization’s mission.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 11:30 a.m., the CDP’s annual luncheon will take a look back at the progress over the last 10 years and a look forward at future developments.
Gov. Mike Beebe will be the keynote speaker. The event is open to the public and will take place at Michelangelo’s Seafood and Pasta in downtown Conway. Tickets are on sale now.
To date, there has been more than $80 million invested in downtown revitalization. The latest projects include the expansion and renovation of the Federal Building at Main and Front Streets and the renovation of the former Smith Ford car dealership.
The Federal Building is a 25,000-square-foot, two-story building built in 1969 that Nabholz Properties recently purchased from the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service will lease back approximately 5,000 square feet, with the rest of the space available for lease.
The $2.8 million project includes complete renovation of the first and second floors and a 1,200-square-foot addition to the west side of the building. Construction on the Federal Plaza should be complete by the end of this year and will provide new or relocating businesses with a unique place to set up shop in downtown Conway.
The renovated Smith Ford car dealership, also scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, will house a piano lounge and event space. This $1.5 million project will extend the Front Street Entertainment District, providing an additional place for residents and visitors to enjoy a night out.
The transformation of downtown does not end with the buildings. Over the past 10 years, over $1.1 million in public way improvements have been completed. These improvements include new sidewalks with brick pavers, landscaping, streetlights and improvements to underground infrastructure.
The City of Conway, Conway Corporation, the CDP and the Conway Development Corporation are working currently to redevelop the Markham Street Corridor, which will be a direct link between downtown Conway and The Village at Hendrix. The goal of the corridor is to create a livable and walkable neighborhood where residents can retreat at the end of the day.
This will establish downtown Conway as more than just a place of business, but a place to call home.
Seating is limited at the annual luncheon, so reservations are required.
Tickets are $25 per person; tables of four, six, and eight are also available. For reservations, email Kim Williams at Kim@ConwayArkansas.org.