Steve Luoni, Director of the Community
Design Center at University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and Scott Grummer, Director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation met on September 9, 2011 at the Village Commons with Pettaway neighborhood residents to begin discussing the Pettaway Neighborhood Master Plan.
UACDC and DLRCDC were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to prepare a revitalization plan for the historic 60-block Pettaway Neighborhood, one of several distinct turn of the century urban neighborhoods surrounding the Little Rock central business district. The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.
In the spirit of the Obama administration’s livable comunities initiative, the plan will combine urban redevelopment with affordable housing and public transit planning. The revitalization plan will use townscaping principles with public art to link existing and new neighborhood fabrics that create imagable places within the Pettaway neighborhood. There are four additional key organizations committed to this project: (1) Downtown Little Rock Partnership, (2) Downtown Neighborhood Association, (3) South Main Neighborhood Association, (4) Metroplan.
The effort will consist of three activities. First, an inventory of the neighborhood’s cultural assets will be mapped and communicated in descriptive analytic drawings. Second, a neighborhood charrette will be held to explore planning approaches in concert with local interests. Third, a revitalization plan with attendant renderings and place based planning vocabulary will be prepared. The planning objective is to develop model infill vocabularies that integrate contemporary innovations in infrastructural design (e.g., “green” and shared streets, transit oriented development, urban agriculture, low impact development, live work housing configurations, etc.) with historic building fabrics. The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.
Time Frame: July 2011 – June 2012: Inventory and mapping of the neighborhood will occur in fall 2011 with architecture students enrolled at UACDC followed by a public charrette. Preparation of the revitalization plan will occur during fall and spring semesters with architecture students and be presented to residents in April 2012.
Steve Luoni/UACDC developed the McArthur Park Master Plan. To learn more about the Pettaway Revitalization Plan contact Scott Grummer, DLRCDC (501.372.0148), Carol Tabron, Pettaway Neighborhood Association (501.376.3406), Steve Luoni, UACDC (479.575.5108)