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story.lead_photo.caption This rendering released by Moses Tucker Partners shows the plan for Premier Medical Plaza at the former location of a Kmart in Little Rock.

Redevelopment of the former Kmart shopping center at 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock into a medical complex has grown into a $38 million project.

Newmark Moses Tucker Partners said Thursday that a $26 million construction loan from Arvest Bank had closed for Premier Medical Plaza being developed jointly by the development firm and Premier Gastroenterology Associates.

The physician-owned practice purchased the property for $12 million last fall.

Chris Moses, president and chief executive officer of Newmark Moses Tucker, said then another $23 million would be spent with work to begin immediately, to be completed by summer.

Clark Contractors Inc. obtained a building permit last month valued at $15 million. No work was done because, according to Jimmy Moses, the development firm's chairman, closing on the loan took longer than expected.

Work is now set to begin Monday with completion by year's end, Chris Moses said in a release.

-- Noel Oman

NW Arkansas sees 9.6% office vacancy

The average vacancy rate for Class A office space in Northwest Arkansas stands at 9.6 percent for the second half of 2018, according to a report from the local offices of commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE.

The report listed 2.5 million square feet of Class A office space in 44 buildings in the market which includes the submarkets of North Fayetteville, West Rogers/Pinnacle and Bentonville. According to the report, 222,296 square feet of Class A office space was available at the start of the year.

North Fayetteville has a vacancy rate of 4.96 percent with 24,528 square feet available and the West Rogers/Pinnacle area saw vacancy rates of 6.38 percent for Class A office, with 90,236 square feet available.

Bentonville had the largest vacancy rate of Class A office at 17.38 percent, with 107,532 square feet available. According to the report, if two buildings with historically high vacancy rates are removed, the vacancy rate would stand at 8.1 percent. The report said Walmart's plan for a new office campus and concern about traffic are pushing up vacancy rates.

-- John Magsam

Arkansas Index ticks 0.97 lower to 412.69

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, fell 0.97 to 412.69 Thursday.

"Equities shrugged off the announcement of a delay to a proposed trade summit between the United States and China from March to April and closed relatively flat on quiet volume following strong gains posted earlier this week," said Leon Lants, managing director at Stephens Inc. in Little Rock.

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997.

Business on 03/15/2019

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  • Moonglowalso
    March 15, 2019 at 1:27 p.m.

    I still miss that Kmart store -- it had the best gardening center.

  • NoUserName
    March 15, 2019 at 5:50 p.m.

    The plan for that center - as I recall - adds an entrance/exit on Shackleford and a light on Rodney Parham. Traffic in that area is already terrible during the 8a and 5p drive times. While the development itself is good for the area, I'll be curious to see what is done with respect to the traffic. Or if it'll be just another example of poor planning by the city.

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