Interchange Construction Forces Church To Relocate

Posted: November 12, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.

Tim Coffman, executive pastor, starts up the worship room’s stage lights Saturday at Victory Church in Springdale. Victory Church has been located off of South 48th Street and West Oaklawn Drive for more than 19 years but will be forced to move Feb. 1 because of construction of the Interstate 540 interchange at West Don Tyson Parkway.

A church that will be uprooted by construction of a new Interstate 540 interchange will soon be without a home.

By The Numbers

Don Tyson Interchange

Construction Requirements for the proposed interchange on Interstate 540

Residences removed: 3

Church removed: 1

Businesses removed: 2

Required right of way: 34 acres

Cost: Estimated $25 million

Source: City Of Springdale

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Isn't there some good Christian rich boy type in the city who could donate some free warehouse space to these folks?

Posted by: SPA

November 12, 2012 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government of the people by the few for the few. Never pay the real costs of the unneeded "improvements".

Posted by: Oldearkie

November 12, 2012 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The had a chance to sell out to LOVE'S didn't they?

Posted by: JailBird

November 12, 2012 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

As I understand it ( and believe me it is hard to understand most of what Sprouse and his band of councilman do) Love's backed out of the project when the city turned down the sign variance. The sale was contingent upon the sign being approved, which it wasn't. This bunch pleads and begs for development in this area and when a company wants to spend millions to start the growth and this bunch kicks them in the rear and says NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Sprouse showed no leadership during this fiasco, and the city will suffer for it long term. The mayor wasn't able to show leadership and find a compromise for the project to go forward. This council can't come to a conclusion on their own because there isn't a leader there either, they needed the mayor to show them the light and he failed. The church and the city will be the ones suffering because of the lack of leadership in the city and will continue as long as these people are running the show. The people of the city need to state speaking up.

Does anyone realy believe a multi million dollar intersection will bring large scale development to this area, if so I have a bridge I will sell you on time payments.

OK, now all you Sprouse lovers can go on attack,

Thank You
Thank You
Thank You Very Much

Posted by: rummy

November 14, 2012 at 7:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


That intersection should bring much needed relief to the backup on the Sunset exit.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 14, 2012 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NO the interchange will not bring a bunch of business to that location. It will take about 100 years in tax revenue to recover the cost of this bridge. This is was a bad idea to not get federal dollars to build this project. Go RayNelsonGo!!!

Posted by: troutjig

November 14, 2012 at 8:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tank my friend,

I beg to differ, the big promo that the last mayor pushed was the ball park would bring commercial development to this area. There was a lot of banter about the ball park making the city a attraction and putting it on the map so to speak. There was all kinds of propaganda put out by VanHoose and friends about the bond vote for the ball park, but I don't remember any talk about relieving traffic on Sunset. This talk came about after the powers to be realized there would be no development around the ballpark as it is because there are 2 lane roads in poor repair leading to the park, which was in the middle of a cow pasture I might add. The park was built in a poor location, think about why it was built where it was, who the land was purchased from, who was mayor at that time and you can figure it out for yourself. The ballpark vote had a street bond issue attached to it, why. The thing passed by less than 10 votes as I recall.

The current mayor has now put the city in debt to the tune of 100 million dollars on this fiasco which is added on top another 100 million dollars that VanHoose created. 200 million in debt for a city that can't draw any real tax base with commercial development. Yes, mom and pop businesses are abundant but no real large commercial development. When a company wants to develope in this town Sprouse and friends find a way to run them off, just look at the history for yourself. The city lost Love's because of a sign think about this, Love's wanted to have a sign that could be seen from the main roads around the park. For this sign to be seen it needed to be taller and bigger on it's face than the ordinance allowed. As I remember the Planning Commision passed it and the council overturned the Commision with the mayor in agreement. No other signs anywhere in the area, no other businesses in the area, no other busness interest in the area, no promotion by the city, the Chamber of Commerce, or any other entity working to develope the area and the one company that wanted to invest millions to start the process of development in the area was told to go to hell and build somewhere else. Love's just wanted a s ign that people could see so they would know they were there.

Turning down Love's was a foolish thing to do, it will discourage any company to spend it's money in a city that is unfriendly to business, which is Springdales reputation regardless of what the mayor and friends may think This whole fiasco has illustrated the lack of leadership and vision from the leaders of the city including the Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Commission, the Advertising and promotion commission and others. The city needs to learn the art of compromise and finding ways to work with business and not against the very life blood of any city, TAX REVENUE.

Wake up Springdale. I believe there was more behind turning Love's down than was told. Who owns all the land around the ball park ?

Posted by: rummy

November 15, 2012 at 5:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


The new exit would provide traffic relief to the Sunset exit a la Don Tyson Parkway. It is simple logic.

Posted by: Tankersley101

November 15, 2012 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )