Rockefeller Elementary hopes to be awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School is vying to be a 21st Century Community Learning Center.  Rockefeller Elementary has submitted a 21st Century Community Service Learning Center grant application.

Several Little Rock School District Schools are selected each year to apply for the grant.  This year Rockefeller and Bale Elementary are applying for the grant.

As an A+ arts and enrichment school Rockefeller has a good chance of being awarded this opportunity.  Programs awarded this grant will receive five years of funding.  Funding can be as much as $150,000 for the first three years and then a decreased amount for the remaining two years.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics.  It offers students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention counseling programs, art, music and recreation programs, and technology and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.  It will also offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

The primary purpose of the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during non-school hours.  The program must provide students with intensive academic enrichment opportunities along with other activities designed to complement the students regular academic program.   Community learning centers must also offer literacy and related educational services to families of the targeted students.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center award would be great education and outreach boon for families residing in the Pettaway community as well as the greater Little Rock community at large.

DLRCDC and UADC receive 2013 AIA Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design for Rock Street Pocket Neighborhood

Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood Design

Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood Design

The Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation and the University of Arkansas Design Center received a 2013 Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design from the American Institute of Architect for their Pocket Neighborhood or Rock Street Pocket Housing Design (in the Pettaway Park Neighborhood).  Click here for more.

LR Planning & Development at Thursday’s Pettaway Neighborhood Association Meeting


Pettaway Neighborhood Vision Plan

University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) in conjunction with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation (DLRCDC) have completed a Pettaway Neighborhood Vision Plan.  According to DLRCDC Website, “the UACDC submitted its preliminary study for the Pettaway Neighborhood for review and feedback.  This initial study looks at what minimal investment can be made to achieve clear connections to Main Street and other anchors around the neighborhood.”

The UACDC/CDC will present their preliminary study to the Pettaway Community, 12:00 pm (Noon), Monday, April 16, 2012 at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st Street (at the corner of Commerce).  Pettaway residents are encouraged to attend.  For more information contact Scott Grummer, Executive Director, DLRCDC at 501.372.0148.

Click (here) To see the preliminary Pettaway Neighborhood vision plan.


Residents address Job Corps Building

Job Corps Building

Pettaway Neighborhood residents met at the monthly association meeting to discuss among other things the dilapidated and unkempt Job Corps Building.

Reporter Hubert Tate, Fox News Channel 16, Andy Davis, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Leslie Peacock, Arkansas Times were present to hear Pettaway neighborhood residents share their sentiments regarding the old Job Corps building on Vance Street.  Here’s an excerpt from Leslie Peacock’s Arkansas Times article.

“Enough is enough,” Planning Commissioner Keith Fountain and other residents of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association say: It’s time for the city to condemn the vacant and derelict Job Corps building at 21st and Vance and bulldoze it.

Fountain has witnessed thefts from the building with his own eyes. Windows have been knocked out and partially boarded up, and transients have lived in the building and set fires, Fountain said.

City Director Erma Hendrix raised the Job Corps issue at the Pettaway’s monthly meeting tonight at the 21st Alert Center, and several residents spoke in favor of tearing down the building. (One Central High school student, Arkiterea Harmon, suggested the building be rehabilitated for kids who have aged out of the foster care system, but, Hendrix told her, the asbestos and bad condition of the city would prevent that.) A refrain was that the eyesore, visible from Interstate 30 and 630, puts Little Rock in a bad light and expressed doubt that such a building would be allowed to stand in a more affluent neighborhood.

To read the rest this article click here.

Pettaway residents will be circulating petitions to collect signatures from residents of Pettaway and neighboring communities such as Hanger Hill and Granite Mountain who are also dismayed by the long-standing condition of the Job Corps building.  This community coalition will present the petition with collected signatures to the next City of Little Rock Board of Directors Meeting February 1, 2012.

Petitions will be available at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

For more information contact Carol Tabron, Pettaway Association President at and Maggie Hawkins, East Broadway Alert Center Facilitator at or call 501.376.3406.

Pettaway residents observe national night out 2011

Petttaway community observes national night out

Pettaway residents came out to observe National Night Out, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the neighborhood alert center (East Broadway Alert Center). The Pettaway Neighborhood Association extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Alert Center Facilitator, Maggie Hawkins and the Alert Center Team for organizing this annual observance. Nearly 50 Pettaway residents including children came together to fellowship and celebrate community.

Mrs. Boyle, Pettaway's oldest resident

The program included presentations from the City of Little Rock Code Enforcement Team, Fire Department, COP Officer Nellums, Ward 1 Board of Director, Erma Hendrix, Pettaway Neighborhood Association President, Carol Tabron, Mayor Stodola and more.

Pettaway residents

Residents heard from the longest residing Pettaway resident, Mrs. Boyle who recently turned 97 years young. She shared how she has seen the community transition and stuck around when it was experiencing significant challenges including issues of safety and general neglect of services and attention.

Pettaway residents

She talked about the work that went into acquiring the Alert Center and supporting the community. Mrs. Boyle stated that we in the room are the community and welcomed the new families into the neighborhood.

A wonderful and inspired evening was had by all.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola

National Night Out: Pettaway

The Pettaway Neighborhood Association is observing “National Night Out,” Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Activities will include a community meet and greet with neighbors, local law enforcement and city officials, free food and refreshments.

2011 Night Out Focus

-Crime prevention methods
-Code enforcement preventative measures

This event is free and open to all.  Children and youth will receive back to school packets.

National Night Out: Pettaway
will take place at our neighborhood alert center (East Broadway Alert Center), 500 East 21st Street.  Call Maggie Hawkins, Alert Center Facilitator at 501.376.3406 for more information.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Little Rock CDC

Incorporated in 1992, the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization, run by volunteers of the community, who strive to improve the quality of life for people living downtown, with a focus on providing diverse housing opportunities.  DLRCDC’s primary focus has been the historic Pettaway neighborhood east of Main Street and south of I-630, as well as the South Main Corridor (SoMa).

KATV Channel 7 recently reported that the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to assist in the creation of the Pettaway Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

The grant is heralded as a great step toward the revival of the historic, 60-block Pettaway neighborhood.  The aim is to blend new development within the fabric of the turn of the century urban neighborhood.

The Arkansas Times reported earlier this year, the building of Little Rock’s first container home (“Container houses steel Pettaway’s housing boomlet: A new breed of recycled houses, or ‘steel box residence,’ help community renovation,” Leslie Peacock, 3/16/11).

Container Home

The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture has partnered with DLRCDC to design and build two affordable, sustainable homes (Cantilevered Home and Modular Home) in the Pettaway neighborhood.  They plan to team up to design and build at least 10 more modern structures in the neighborhood.

Cantilever Home

Modular Home

For more information about the DLRCDC, you can visit,  or contact Executive Director Scott Grummer at 501.372.0148.