Tuesday, November 2, 2010

605 E 16th

Demolition begins on the DLRCDC's second rehab project at 605 E 16th St. This is a Craftsman style single family that was converted into a duplex at some point in time. The home has been vacant for many years and was ravished by fire some time ago. Much work will be required to restore this one.

Volunteer Alley Clean Up

Volunteers Pour out to help clean up an alley way on the 600 block between 16th & 17th St. in the Pettaway Neighborhood on Oct. 30th to celebrate the end of the month long Season of Service. Thank you to all who participated and helped in this endeavor.

Monday, October 18, 2010

AIA Lecture - Dean Shannon & the UA Design Build Program

Dean Jeff Shannon spoke at the AIA Lecture series on September 21st at the Arkansas Arts Center. The Dean spoke on the 2009/2010 Fay Jones School of Architecture Design Build project in partnership with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation. It was a packed room and was a very informative and unique peek into the processes that took place to make this project a success.
We are looking forward to the next home being designed by the University to be placed in the same neighborhood in Little Rock. If you are interested in following the progress of the current project, you can follow them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fay-Jones-School-of-Architecture-Design-Build/148852205151516

Paul Page Dwellings 15th & Rock St.

Paul Page Dwellings contemporary home located at 15th & Rock St is coming along quite nicely. Work on the exterior has completed, and interior work has commenced.

613 E 16th-Wk 14

Final Details are being finished in Week 14 to prepare the property for the new family moving into the Pettaway Neighborhood.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bob East Speaks this past week on behalf of the Downtown Partnership during the press release & tour of the commercial building on 315 Main which is to be renovated into mixed use loft apartments in the upper levels & a jazz bar on the lower level.  The investor in the project is Scott Reed working along with the State department of Arkansas Heritage who assisted in   the application for grants to assist in the restoration of the Historic Structure.

613 E 16th Wk 8

Week 8 includes refinishing the hardwoods and choosing the stain colors. Progress has slowed slightly waiting on AT&T to place a pole in the ally so that permanent power can be set to the property. Click on the picture to see more pics.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pettaway Welcomes The Scott's

Today Quincy and Stephanie Scott joined the Pettaway Community through the purchase of their first home at 1519 Commerce. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are the proud owners of the first UA Design Build home. We look forward to getting to know them better, so be sure to give them a warm welcome to the neighborhood.

Pettaway Welcomes Ne'Nita Clayborn

Today, Ne'Nita joined the Pettaway Community with the purchase of her first home at 1517 Commerce St. On behalf of the board of directors for the CDC, we would like to say congratulations and welcome to the community.

613 E16th Wk 7

Progress slows slightly at the CDC's first rehab as detail work goes into the inside at the beginning of week 7.

Friday, September 3, 2010

613 E16th Wk 6

Week 6 began yesterday, with installation of beautiful unfinished pine hardwoods, interior trim work. Still waiting on AT&T to come out and place a pole they are responsible for in the back of the property so we can hook up power, and begin the finish work. Click on the picture to see more pics.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Visit By ARNETTMULDROW & Associates

Ben Muldrow with ARNETTMULDROW & Associates from Greenville, SC visited Little Rock today. Mr. Muldrow has worked with local preservationists in the past as well as the Department of Heritage. His firm developed the successful Arkansas Delta: Soil & Soul branding and marketing program and came out of his way from a visit to Mississippi to spend a day engaging the community. He, along with Beth Wiedower met with several city officials and organizations involved in downtown to help open discussions for branding & marketing opportunities for the city. The purpose is best described in a statement by Mr Muldrwo in an article he co-authored which stated "Every single day, citizens, visitors, workers, and tourists brand communities, whether rural or urban, based on their experience and interaction with the community and its assets. If the community does not brand and market itself, others will do it for them . . . and, perhaps, without the best intentions.

Thanks to Cheri Nichols and the Heart of the City Coalition and the Quapaw Quarter Association for helping to make this visit happen. For more information on ARNETTMULDROW & Associates, you can go to http://arnettmuldrow.com/

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

613 E 16th Wk-5 Cont'd

613 E 16th, exterior paint finishing up, interior texture is on. Trim work begins, then interior paint & Cabinets. More pics.....

Sunday, August 29, 2010

2010 3rd Annual Pettaway Community Picnic

Had a great day at the 3rd Annual Pettaway Neighborhood picnic, started 3 years ago by the Silver Senior Pettaway organization, a group of individuals who use to live in the neighborhood, still have family here, and wanted to give back and help strengthen the community they grew up in. Thanks to Cholly' Famous Barbeque (contact Ron Smith - 501-626-8586 for info on catering your event) and everyone else who volunteered there time and resources to make this event a success. If you would like to learn more about this annual event or would like to participate in the planning of next years event, you can call Carl Vault at 501-416-6523. FOR MORE PICS......

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Silver Senior Pettaway Community Picnic

Silver senior Pettaway Organizations annual community picnic is underway at Pettaway Park on the 500 Block of E 21st St. In Little Rock. Come join the fun

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

613 E16th wk 5

Sheetrock is up and finish work in progress just 3 days after
insulation installed. Moving fast with anticipated punch out
just 2 weeks away. Thanks to G & L Construction for their
fast, professional and quality work. More pics.....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

UA Design Build 2010/11 Team

Meet the 2010/2011 Design Build team from the UA Fay Jones School of Architecture. The team came to Little Rock on Wed, Aug 25th, toured the Pettaway Neighborhood, met with the City, and had an initial steering committee meeting with residents from the Neighborhood. Now work begins on the 2nd Design build home in the Historic Pettaway Neighborhood. Soon their will be a link up that you will be able to follow their progress. More pics from the day....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DLRCDC finishes pre-sold home at 1517 Commerce St.  New home owner is to move soon after closing through the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) with a fixed 30 year interest rate below 1% for the life of the loan.  This home is a 1450 sq/ft 3 bed 2-1/2 bath. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

613 E 16th Wk-4

Monday - Finishing up on Cellulose inslulation getting ready for sheetrock. More Pics......

613 E 16th-Week 4 begins with Blown Cellulose Insulation making way for Sheetrock. Sodding was completed last Friday.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Future Site of USA Drugs - 17th & Main

Demolition begins on the corner of 17th & Main where the future USA Drugs is to be constructed.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

CDC's First Insulated Concrete Form Home by Smart Structures, Dist.

The DLRCDC completed it's first Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) home. The 1400 sq/ft, 2-story, 3 bed, 2-1/2 bath home with attached 2 car garage was completed in June. NACA provided the approved financing through Bank of America in conjunction with the HOME grant program through the city of Little Rock which was used to buy down the interest rate to 0.45% for 30 years making the monthly mortgage cost to the homeowner after taxes and insurance at approximately $650.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

2010 Community Development Awards

On June 2, 2010 at the Governors Mansion, the Downtown Little Rock CDC and U of A Fay Jones School of Architecture were awarded the "Triumph Award" at the Community Development Service Awards sponsored by the Arkansas Coalition of Housing and Neighborhood Growth for Empowerment (ACHANGE). Both the School and CDC were awarded this due to the innovative partnership between the two and it's use in progressive thinking/problem solving in community development.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

2009/2010 Design Build Ribbon Cutting

The DLRCDC and U of A Fay Jones School of Architecture celebrated the ribbon cutting on it's first design build home in the Historic Pettaway Neighborhood located at 1519 Commerce St. in Little Rock. Mayor Mark Stodola, CDC board President Stacy Williams, and Governor Mike Beebe took the honors of cutting the ribbon. Others in attendance who participated in the event included, U of A Chancellor G. David Gearhart, State Land Commissioner Mark Wilcox, Director of Operations for NACA Detria Austin, and Ward 1 City Director Erma Hendrix.

Photos by Steve Twaddle www.arkansasphotographed.com

Friday, April 9, 2010

Every screw aligned and shined

Note the Attention to detail. Every screw was aligned, shined and every square head that attaches the cedar siding on the home was turned in the same direction - The Design Build teams effort to show the amount of detail and hard work that went into every screw and nail that formed this work of art and craftmanship in the Historic Pettaway Neighborhood.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

UA Design Build Mod 1

ARKDB Modules Arrive in Little Rock

Modules Arrive in Little Rock after a slight unexpected deter down Roosevelt and Asher Avenue. The Units were lifted onsite by Nabholz Construction Crane in 4 hours once begun on the same day.