Study to explore options for Willow Heights public housing in Fayetteville

Posted: January 26, 2018 at 1:01 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK The west-facing side of the preschool and Willow Heights public housing in Fayetteville is seen Jan. 4.

A prominent design center will explore what's possible at a public housing complex near downtown, about a year after the Housing Authority board decided to sell the property for private development and move residents elsewhere.


The University of Arkansas Community Design Center was awarded a $25,000 grant to come up with a livability improvement plan for Willow Heights. The plan’s objectives are as follows:

• Inventory existing site conditions and review previous engineering feasibility studies for improving Willow Heights.

• Build a scale model of the neighborhood to test scenario plans.

• Convene an information gathering/design workshop with current Willow Heights housing residents, neighborhood residents, community leaders and restoration developers to determine informed needs and desires for developing scenario plans.

• Develop scenario plans for site development and building improvements, including introduction of mixed-income housing to the site.

• Provide cost estimations of planning decisions.

• Draft a final exhibition-grade livability improvement plan, including plans, sections, elevations and renderings for exhibition in a public forum with opportunities for community engagement, input and dissemination.

Source: Staff report

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