Wednesday, May 28, 2014

UA Design Build Landed

Thanks to everyone involved that made yesterday a huge success. Historic Pettaway's first Cantilever House (AND POSSIBLY LITTLE ROCKS, DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY). thanks to the Students and staff of the Fay Jones School of Architecture in Fayetteville for such a beautiful addition to the neighborhood. Also special thanks to Entergy, Joyce Cranes, Nabholz Const., Larry's Pizza, City of Little Rock (Maggie Hawkins-21st St. Alert Center- for expediting a much needed permit that was overlooked!) and everyone involved who helped make it happen. Special thanks to Bobby Bemberg, owner/operator of Bemberg Iron Works, Inc.. A 120 year old family owned Iron works company off East Ninth St. who took the time to mill critical pieces of iron work needed to anchor the Cantilever! Thank you!
Also, special thanks to the Crane operator and workers of Joyce Crane, who stuck around so late, and so eloquently placed these units together-WORK OF ART!
And to the guys with Entergy who stuck around to help get our neighbors power on, who were so patient and understanding while waiting thru the delays. What wonderful people that live in the neighborhood, and a testament to why this area is rebounding so well!
Thanks to Ark/Dem Gazette, Ark Times, Ch.4, Ch.11 and all other media partners who share this to the greater community!
Last and most important- Thanks to Centennial Bank for being our Partner in these exciting projects that are revitalizing the downtown neighborhoods, and helping us to achieve our Mission of Improving the Quality of Life for individuals residing in this neighborhood. Thanks Damita!
Be sure to go by and check it out! Just go to the Arts Center at MacArthur Park and take a nice leisurely drive south down Commerce. You won't miss it!

Friday, March 22, 2013

UA Design Build #3

March 22, 2013
        Congratulations to the new neighbors of Pettaway, and the recipients of the 3rd University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture Design Build Home in the Pettaway Neighborhood of South Main (SoMa).  The students and staff of the University have once again outdone themselves with a wonderfully designed home.  Called the "Courtyard House", it's signature design is a glass enclosed courtyard open to the elements in the center of the home. Winning multiple awards for the first two Design Build homes at 1519 Commerce and 1805 Commerce, the students and staff of the Design Build Program should take a bow for another incredible addition to this community.  This program has been a tremendous asset to both Pettaway and SoMa by contributing to the Urban Renewal of one of Little Rocks best kept secrets nestled within walking distance to downtown, and adding to the diversity of residents who call Downtown Little Rock home.
    Special thanks goes out to Paul Page Dwellings for their partnership and assistance to the University in coordinating efforts here in Little Rock, and to Tony Curtis Realty in coordinating the sale.  Lastly, thank you to the volunteer board members of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation for your dedicated service to this community in seeing this project through.
 We look forward to an open house by the new owners in the near future, to show case this wonderful work of art and architecture to the broader community, so join us in saying welcome to the Morgan family at 301 E 19th St, and click on the above picture to take a tour! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pettaway Neighborhood Revitalization Manual for a Complete Neighborhood

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center has released the final copy of the manual it has been working on in collaboration with residents and community leaders from the Pettaway Neighborhood.  This project began over 2 years ago with a grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts as part of their NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant program, to create a Revitalization plan for the Neighborhood.  A collaborative project lead by graduate students from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture along with staff members of the UACDC, work began in the fall of 2011, and concluded in November of 2012.  Many thanks goes out to the many community members who volunteered their time to sit in on steering committee meetings to help the University in the process.  If you have any questions about this plan, or other activities in the Pettaway Neighborhood, you can email your requests to

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Studio Main Exhibits UACDC Student Designs


Studio Main will be exhibiting the final designs by the Students at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center for the South Main Street District this Friday, May 11th from 5pm to 9pm at 1423-C S.Main.  This project is a precursor to work being performed by the UACDC in collaboration with the Downtown Little Rock Community Devleopment Corporation and residents from the Pettaway Neighborhood.  The larger vision plan, to be completed by staff at the UACDC, is to encompass the larger 60-block area making up the Historic Pettaway Neighborhood.  Although the work is still in progress, concepts coming from the University dealing with shared streets to slow down traffic and make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly....

                                                       storm water mitigation by using Low Impact Development Techniques...

                proving to be very beneficial in developing an overall visioning plan for the future.
  Thank you Students and Staff at the UACDC for the great work you have done, and are doing for this wonderful community!  And thank you to the residents of Pettaway who have volunteered their time to meet with the University, and provide feed back through this process.