The Department of Arkansas Heritage is negotiating to buy property at 1100 North St., just east of the
Rock Island Union Pacific Bridge and north of Markham, as the location for a new 50,000-square-foot headquarters. The purchase price for the 4.168 acres is $2.5 million; owners are the Hoffman family. The assessor puts the current appraisal at $608,000.
DAH wants to build a new headquarters so it can bring its many divisions — the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission and their subsets, now located on three floors in the Tower Building — under one roof. The site is next to DAH’s collection management facility (the former site of the Clinton archives pre-construction of the presidential library).
DAH spokesperson Melissa Whitfield said the department has the money for the land purchase in hand. DAH has also spoken to the Arkansas Building Authority and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority about a bond issue to build the building, the cost of which Whitfield said is estimated now at $6 million or $7 million.
The agency has issued a request for proposals for architectural and engineering services. Application deadline is Dec. 31.