Mayor Mark Stodola’s push to get Pulaski Tech to build downtown a new building for culinary and hospitality school students has set off a metropolitan area contest. The City Board was chastised a few days ago by a Southwest Little Rock legislator, Pam Adcock, for trying to move the facility away from its planned location at the existing Pulaski Tech South campus on Interstate 30 near the Saline County line.

Now comes the Bryant Chamber of Commerce, with a letter to Pulaski Tech opposing a relocation from that location near Bryant.

The Pulaski Tech Board will discuss the idea again with the mayor next week (2:30 p.m. Thursday, special meeting of the board at the NLR campus). No solution has yet emerged for a gap of up to $5 million in extra costs that could be incurred by moving the school to Sixth and Main Street, as the mayor has proposed. The city has offered a small parcel of land and free parking and kitchen equipment discounts to improve the proposal, but no significant additions to the $15 million Tech has set aside for the project from a bond issue.

Bryant’s objections to the move follow: