City & County

Building Permits: Gurdon company hired for demolitions ahead of Arkadelphia Bypass

The City of Arkadelphia issued 14 building permits with a known estimated construction value of $305,191 for the month of September 2023

That figure is double from the $152,000 from 8 projects in August. For the same period in 2022, the city issued 13 permits totaling $225,586 in estimated construction work.

Records were obtained from the city’s Building Department under the auspices of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and include valuations of work except where omitted from reports. Here’s a rundown of permits issued in September 2023:

The Gurdon-based McKenzie Farms Trucking has been busy with demolition projects hired out by the Arkansas State Highway Commission. The six demo projects are to make way for the Arkadelphia Bypass and include the following commercial properties: 3027 Pine St. Lot 2 (this particular permit allows for the moving of a manufactured home from a mobile home park to outside the city limits); 3035 Pine St., the 1,728-SF commercial building that housed Lucky Liquor until its acquisition by the state; a 1,280-SF garage at 913 Hwy 67 S; a 6,324-SF warehouse at 903 Carpenter St.; a 801-SF warehouse at 807 Hwy 67; and a 2,560-SF commercial building at 911 Main St., which until recent months housed office spaces for the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections. Aside from the $6,400 estimated cost to demolish the former liquor store, the permits did not list valuations for the other demolitions.

Tate Temple C.O.G.I.C., at 2005 Pine St., contracted Twin Rivers Architecture to finish out the church fellowship hall and kitchen, at an estimated cost of $128,971.

The City of Arkadelphia contracted Brook Telecom Solutions of North Little Rock for $60,420.86 worth of alterations to a communications tower at 1604 Caddo St. The work calls for replacing 6 existing antennae, 3 RRU’s, an existing power plant, the addition of 3 DC2 surge suppressors and the installation of a DC12 bay cap. 

Christopher and Charlotte Watson, of Mesquite, Texas, hired Tony Vo Construction to replace floor joists in the living room and bathroom at a single-family dwelling at 1419 O’Connell St. The job cost an estimated $31,000.

The Austin, Arkansas-based Aloha Pools was hired to install an in-ground vinyl liner pool at Clark Tennyson’s residence at 1108 Huddleston St.

Marvin Lawson contracted Gard Enterprises to tear off and re-shingle at 1903 Center St. for a cost of $10,000.

Alice Garvin filed for a permit to move a 12’x20’ portable building to 2319 Walnut St. In a separate permit, Jack Keeling Jr. was hired to enclose a carport and resurface a concrete slab at the same address for a cost of $15,000.

Virginia Dickerson filed for a permit to move in and install an accessory building at 105 Druid Hills.

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