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City Board to consider rezoning of Ascent property, hear arts festival update

The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors will meet Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall boardroom for a regular bi-monthly meeting.

On the agenda is the second reading of an ordinance assessing the annual 5 mill tax; it isn’t a new tax. The second reading was the lone item on the agenda for the board’s last meeting, which failed to happen for lack of a quorum.

Directors will consider the first reading of an ordinance to rezone three properties: 215 N. 24th St.; 227 N. 24th St.; and a portion of 2410 Pine St. 

This is the former Parkhill Baptist Church property and, most recently, the Ascent Children’s Health Services. Greenleaf Properties, LLC, is requesting the rezoning for future development between Pine and Haddock streets between 24th and 25th streets.

The rezoning has gone before the city planning commission and was approved with no objections. The rezoning, if passed by the board, would rezone the properties from medium density residential (R-2) to highway commercial (C-2).

Next on the agenda is an update about the upcoming Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts, presented by City Manager Gary Brinkley and Julie Lacy.

Brinkley’s city manager report and directors’ routine business will conclude the meeting.

While city board meetings are open to the public, space in the boardroom is limited due to Covid-19, and citizens are encouraged to watch the meeting on Suddenlink Channel 9 or view the livestream.

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