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Technology Park development plans

Little Rock Technology Park Authority is one step closer to plans for a $22 million technology park.
LITTLE ROCK ,AR - Little Rock Technology Park Authority is one step closer to plans for a $22 million technology park.

Three neighborhoods are still waiting to find out which location the will be chosen. The possibilities are near Arkansas Children's Hospital, near UALR, or near UAMS.

Donna Massey lives in the Oak Forest neighborhood and is not excited about the possibility of having to move. "This park should not go in any of our communities. It should go in an area that is abandoned or an area that has not yet been developed."

Daniel Hopwood is also upset because he doesn't want to have to move from his home in the Forest Hills neighborhood either. "I don't want to see all these homes destroyed. I've worked hard to pay off my house so I can live debt free, and for what I'm expecting to get, there's no way I'd ever be able to get anything equal to what I have."

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority hired civil engineering consultant, Cratfon Tull, to review the three neighborhoods and evaluate each one so the board can decide where to build the technology park.

The consultants report is expected to take at least a couple of weeks. A decision on a site won't be made for at least a couple months.

The board will meet with each neighborhood association to inform the community at every stage in this development process, but residents like Bobbie Phillips hopes her home won't have to go, and if it does, the price will be fair. "Getting market value for our homes if displacement is going to be negative, or have a negative impact on some of our neighbors."

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority meets again March 14th. A website is currently being created to help people follow along in the development process.

Consulting firm Crafton Tull will not select the best site, only help guide the board in its final decision.
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