Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports on proposed redevelopment of Old LR Job Corps Building

T’s not crossed on home for girls: Old LR building’s rehab up for vote
Published, July 7, 2013  in Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Claudia Lauer and Chad Day

An excerpt from published article

On a visionary’s blueprints, an abandoned Little Rock high-rise transforms easily into a home for nearly 100 pregnant teens.

Julius James Larry III, a 63 year-old casket company owner from Houston, says the planned Ida B. Wells Home for Pregnant Girls is a calling from God that he received when diagnosed with cancer three years ago.

But community resistance critical state officials and the felony background of Larry, who is promoting the project, make for a complicated proposal that is to go  before the Little Rock Planning Commission on Thursday.

Residents near the proposed site are concerned about whether Larry and his partners can follow through on their promise to rehabilitate the former Job Corps building on Vance Street, an eyesore full of asbestos and mold that has been vacant more than five years.

Arkansas Department of Human Services officials say Larry’s involvement and felony theft conviction jeopardize the part of the plan that calls for the state to allow – and pay a per day rate for – teens in foster care to live in the girls home.

The state also isn’t sold on how the home would operate.

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Arkansas Democrat Gazette spotlights Pettaway

Modular Home

Downtown rebound
Modern houses are springing up in declining or damaged LR neighborhoods
By Linda Caillouet

LITTLE ROCK — When a tornado tore through downtown Little Rock in January 1999, it destroyed dozens of houses in neighborhoods already showing the scars of urban decay.

One of the hardest hit areas was the neighborhood east of South Main between the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and the MacArthur Park Historic District.

After the debris was cleaned up and dangerous structures razed, what was left was a study in extremes – with beautifully renovated grand old homes surviving near the damaged shells of abandoned houses. And then there were the vacant lots – no block seemed to have escaped the effects of the twin terrors of urban decay and Mother Nature.

Today, however, a quick tour of the area shows that things seem to be improving. Scattered throughout are new houses – some designed to blend in with the remaining historic houses, others standing out with contemporary designs and materials.

Pettaway Neighborhood Container Home

The change is due to the efforts of numerous entities and individuals. This includes private builders who recognized the value of empty and inexpensive lots in the heart of the city, the nonprofit Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp., which worked with the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to design and construct three houses, and, most of all, perhaps, new homeowners who were willing to buy into the future of this urban enclave.

“This neighborhood being so close to downtown is one of the reasons we’re experiencing such a strong interest in rebuilding efforts here,” says Scott Grummer, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp.

Cantilever Home

On a recent morning, Daniel Peurifoy of Maumelle and Jason Clem of Little Rock were atop bright yellow scaffolding, tools in hand, applying strips of siding to a house being assembled at East 19th and Cumberland streets in the Pettaway Park neighborhood. Now graduates, the pair were pitching in to help finish a project they worked on as UA architecture students. Students had designed the structure, which was mainly built in pieces in a Fayetteville warehouse.

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Fall Job Fair – October 16, 2012 at the Statehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association present the Fall Job Fair Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

The fair brings job seekers and recruiters together in one location on one day. The job market is tough, but the Fall Job Fair is here to help ease this burden on both the seeker and the recruiter.

Those looking for a job should come prepared. Seekers should bring at least 50 copies of their resume, dress professionally and be well groomed. First impressions do count when looking for a job!

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Google initiative helps get Arkansas businesses online: Pryor helps launch new program for small ba






Google initiative helps get Arkansas business online: Pryor helps launch new program for small business owners

by Gavin Lesnik
Monday, August 13, 2012
Arkansas Democrat – Gazette
Arkansas Online

LITTLE ROCK – Sen. Mark Pryor on Monday helped introduce a new program sponsored by Google that gives local businesses free tools and training to create a website.

Organizers say Arkansas falls below the national average in percentage of small businesses with an online presence, an issue the Google-sponsored Arkansas Get Your Business Online initiative is aimed at correcting.

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Neighborhood Watch Alert: Update

Athlete Stretching — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported yesterday, “Jailed LR man charged in rape try, Sean Beherec and Spencer Williams, 6-30-11)” that police have arrested a man suspected of trying to rape a woman earlier this week at Booker Magnet Elementary School track.

According to the ADG, the suspect was held Wednesday (6-29-11) at the Pulaski County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.  He was charged Tuesday afternoon with rape and kidnapping.