64.6 Downtown has contracted with Gateway Planning to design an implementation plan for Downtown Fort Smith. The Propelling Downtown Forward Initiative will encompass an in-depth analysis of previous downtown and city plans. In recent years, the emphasis has been placed in the Downtown corridor at the request of Fort Smith citizens. Data was collected through surveys and community focus groups which yielded the City of Fort Smith’s Comprehensive Plan. 64.6 Downtown is committed to community engagement and will involve stakeholders throughout the project. Propelling Downtown Forward will compliment the comprehensive plan with a planning design that is executable while incorporating neighborhood stabilization and economic development.
The mission of Propel Fort Smith is to move downtown forward with speed and a high degree of excellence. To build on the momentum of The Unexpected and Garrison Commons by inspiring and engaging partners through arts & education, as well as the promotion of attractive amenities, as a means to accelerate development of diverse commerce.
Our aim is to be the conductor at the intersection where the arts, recreation, entertainment, and lifestyle collide to create a vibrant downtown, the cultural flair of communities is awakened to increased business & commerce, more jobs, enhanced wages, dynamic residential spaces, an assortment of leisure activities, these amenities yield a diverse and robust economy…and Propel Fort Smith is the change agent.