His­toric Dis­trict await­ing con­fir­ma­tion

Air­port wait­ing to be placed on Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer

The El Do­rado His­toric Dis­trict Com­mis­sion is await­ing the fi­nal word on a nom­i­na­tion to place the mu­nic­i­pal air­port ter­mi­nal on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

El­iz­a­beth Eg­gle­ston, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the com­mis­sion, said the Na­tional Park Ser­vice is ex­pected to make its de­ci­sion “within a month or two” about the nom­i­na­tion for the ter­mi­nal at South Arkansas Re­gional Air­port at Good­win Field.

The EHDC worked with the El Do­rado Air­port Com­mis­sion to se­cure a state grant to cover the cost of a sur­vey and other work that went into pre­par­ing the nom­i­na­tion and pre­sent­ing it to the State Re­view Board of the Arkansas His­toric Preser­va­tion Pro­gram.

The re­view board ap­proved the nom­i­na­tion dur­ing a meet­ing on April 4 in Lit­tle Rock. The board then for­warded its rec­om­men­da­tion to the Na­tional Park Ser­vice for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the his­toric dis­trict and air­port com­mis­sions at­tended the meet­ing in Lit­tle Rock.

Cul­tural Re­source An­a­lysts, Inc., of In­di­ana and Ken­tucky, pre­pared the Na­tional Reg­is­ter nom­i­na­tion and pre­sented it to the re­view board.

Eg­gle­ston said a list­ing on the NRHP would make the air­port ter­mi­nal el­i­gi­ble for more grants to pay for im­prove­ment and preser­va­tion projects.

Air­port com­mis­sion­ers have also said a Na­tional Reg­is­ter list­ing would help with fundrais­ing ef­forts for a ter­mi­nal restora­tion/re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project.

The post WWII-era build­ing was de­signed by late ar­chi­tect John Ab­bott, founder of CADM Ar­chi­tec­ture, Inc.

CADM pre­pared a mas­ter plan to ren­o­vate and re­store the ter­mi­nal build­ing in 2015 and up­dated the plan a year ago, with a re­vised, pre­lim­i­nary bud­get es­ti­mate of $2.1 mil­lion.

The his­toric dis­trict com­mis­sion is also mov­ing for­ward with other projects.

Last week, com­mis­sion­ers signed off on a fi­nal proof for new down­town walk­ing tour brochures, which list his­tor­i­cal points of in­ter­est through­out Union Square. The project is also be­ing funded by a state grant. Eg­gle­ston said 10,000 copies of the brochures will be printed, us­ing soy ink, a re­quire­ment of the grant.

Com­mis­sion­ers up­dated the brochure with fresh pho­tog­ra­phy and edi­to­rial con­tent and in­cluded new down­town build­ings and sites, such as the Mur­phy Arts Dis­trict prop­er­ties, that have been re­stored or added to down­town El Do­rado since the last batch of brochures were printed years ago.

Dur­ing a reg­u­lar meet­ing on April 12, the group pored through a draft of the brochure and made sev­eral re­vi­sions.

Com­mis­sion­ers also amended the min­utes from

their March 8 reg­u­lar meet­ing to clar­ify their de­ci­sion on a Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pro­pri­ate­ness re­quest re­gard­ing a pub­lic art dis­play.

Lind­sey Wil­son, owner of Merle Nor­man, which re­cently re­lo­cated to 108 N. Wash­ing­ton, pre­vi­ously asked for the EHDC’s ap­proval to set up an oil bar­rel that had been fash­ioned into a tube of lip­stick.

The bar­rel was part of a years-old pub­lic art project in which oil bar­rels were forged into var­i­ous de­signs, auc­tioned as part of a fundraiser and dis­played down­town and in other ar­eas around the city.

Wil­son told com­mis­sion­ers that she wanted to dis­play the lip­stick in front her new store and she had plans to re­paint it and freshen it up.

Linda Rath­bun, EHDC chair­man, said the min­utes from the March meet­ing did not clearly state that com­mis­sion­ers’ ap­proval came with the con­di­tions that place­ment of the dis­play is con­tin­gent upon the city’s OK or that the bar­rel be placed on pri­vate prop­erty.

Wil­son and com­mis­sion­ers were eye­ing the Ma­hony park­ing lot just north of the store.

In other busi­ness, the com­mis­sion is look­ing to fill a va­cancy.

For­mer Com­mis­sioner Jon Rob­bins re­tired from the EHDC this month af­ter sev­eral years of ser­vice. Doug Stan­ton, who was re­cently ap­pointed to the com­mis­sion to fill an­other va­cant seat, par­tic­i­pated in his first meet­ing as an EHDC mem­ber on April 12.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in serv­ing on the com­mis­sion may call City Clerk Heather McVay at 870-881-4877 to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion.

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