Since fall of 2013, redevelopment plans have been in the works for Conway’s Markham Street. Identified as an important corridor connecting downtown, Hendrix College, and Hendrix Village – the redevelopment plans show promise for additional housing options and improved walkability.
The initial analysis from consultants Gateway Planning and Dan Burden explained some key issues regarding transportation choices. Markham Street has low traffic volumes, fast-moving vehicles, and very little amenities for pedestrians or bicyclists to access the area. Immediately thoughts of a street redesign began dreaming up ways to create places for people rather than cars.
This is a typical view of Conway’s Jump Start area.
By the end of the Jump Start planning process, plans will be made to transform the Markham Street corridor to something like this.
“It will have something for everyone whether you’re a new tech company looking for somewhere to relocate or a single parent and you just want to live in an area that’s walkable where your kids have a great park across the street,” said Wes Craiglow, Deputy Director for City of Conway, in an interview for the Log Cabin Democrat.
In a poll conducted at a previous Markham Street public meeting:
- 60% said the future of Markham Street is very important to the future of Conway
- When asked “When considering new development, my highest priority for my neighborhood is” 64% selected all options of neighborhood amenities, walkability, and neighborhood character/design
- 75% said they see Markham Street area supporting a mixed population of families with children, students, and aging in-place or empty nesters