A day after three sites were added to the list of possibilities for the Little Rock Technology Park's future location, one of the sites is now off the board.
Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board chairman Mary Good told the board late Wednesday evening that the site along the southeast corner of Asher Avenue is "no longer available" and didn't provide an explanation.
Regarding the three sites that were proposed Tuesday, board members heard a presentation from University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson about a 20.45-acre site on the eastern end of the UALR campus.
Anderson has said the school owns "a little more than half" of the proposed site, which is bound by 27th Street to the south, Fair Park Boulevard to the east, 24th Street to the north and Fillmore Street to the west.
He noted that this particular site would put prospective businesses in close proximity to students, which could boost their job prospects after graduation.
"The point that I'm getting to are the companies that are starting out love [hiring] students," Anderson said, stating that the proximity and accessibility of the tech park to the school would help with the hiring process.
Anderson added that the university's new and advanced research facilities, such as the recently opened Emerging Analytics Center and the Virtual Reality Center, and easy access to Internet, public safety, a library, mail and printing services would be useful to businesses in the tech park as well.
The board also heard a proposal from Jeff Hathaway of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Hathaway Group, who represented the site near Interstate 630 and University Avenue. Hathaway noted the prime location of the site in Midtown, highlighting the development of the area and access to retail facilities, restaurants, medical centers, housing, lodging and green space.
"We think what's in [the technology park] can be influenced by what's around it," Hathaway said.
Hathaway added that if expansion past the current proposal is necessary, the developers could consider expanding onto neighboring land that is available.
The board also addressed the two newest proposals for sites — one near War Memorial Stadium and another along Main Street in downtown Little Rock.
Good asked board members if they would prefer to hear from both parties at the September meeting, to which they relayed a desire for the War Memorial site representatives to talk with home owners in the area before approving the proposal.
The War Memorial site is being presented by the Vitalia Group and Newmark Grubb. The Main Street site was presented by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.
Read more about this story in Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.