The civic space is a key element of the City’s Cultural Arts Corridor, now known as The Ramble, which links some of Fayetteville’s cultural and natural attractions with the downtown area and entertainment district. The City is investing over $31 million in the development of the Ramble, financed through the passage of a larger $226 million public infrastructure bond issue in 2019. The three major elements of the Ramble are the Fay Jones Woods with streetscape and trail improvements, a new 300-space parking deck located at West Ave. and Dickson St. and the civic space with anchor buildings for this site.
About the Site
The design for the civic space consists of a gathering and event lawn, public plaza, garden spaces and a civic promenade, midway between the downtown square and the University campus, and adjacent to the Razorback Regional Greenway, ensuring that this project will contribute to creating a dynamic and experiential place.
Construction of the public plaza began in Nov. 2023. Formerly, this site was a surface parking lot. A new parking deck on the corner of West Ave. and Dickson St. is now open and provides more efficient parking for visitors to The Ramble and the entertainment district.
About the South Building
The City's intention is to make sure that development of the southern anchor building on the civic plaza will be both beautiful and of exceptional architectural quality and materiality befitting this extraordinary location. Ultimately, the City envisions this building as a model demonstration of high quality urban design that will set the standard for future downtown development.
To that end, the City issued a Request for Proposals on Aug. 29, 2021 for development of the southern building. Proposals were accepted on Oct. 26, 2021. City staff have worked with Reindl Properties on a hotel and mixed-use concept. A proposed Letter of Intent was amended and approved by City Council on Nov. 1, 2022.
In November of 2023, City Council passed a resolution for the land sale agreement and a development agreement with Reindl Properties. It specified a new hotel with restaurant, convention space, roof top pool and bar and off-site valet parking. Reindl's design team is finalizing plans and will present a PZD and apply for a grading permit in 2024.
About the North Building
The North Building will be a part of the development agreement negotiated with the replacement parking deck. More details for the mixed-use building on the north end of the civic plaza will be available soon.
The West Avenue surface lot closed Nov. 13, 2023, to begin construction of the Civic Plaza. Portions of the Razorback Greenway trail are complete along the plaza site. Earthwork is nearing completion, with storm drain installations underway. Delivery of the water feature is scheduled to begin in March 2024 with installation following soon after. Current completion schedule of the Civic Plaza is late Fall 2024.
Letter of Intent and Presentation
A proposed Letter of Intent was amended and approved by City Council at the Nov. 1, 2022, meeting. View a presentation that gives an overview of the proposed hotel and mixed use building.