FORT SMITH — After about 20 minutes of discussion, the city Board of Directors on Tuesday established an entertainment district at The Hub at Chaffee Crossing.
Six of the city directors voted in favor of the ordinance while At-Large Position 5 Director Robyn Dawson voted against it.
Deputy City Administrator Jeff Dingman wrote in a memo it will be the first permanent entertainment district in Fort Smith.
“There are current and ongoing discussions regarding at least two more that may be brought to the board for approval in the future,” Dingman wrote.
Arkansas Act 812 of 2019 permits cities in the state to establish entertainment districts, Dingman said. Fort Smith already established a temporary district at The Hub in March 17, which could be enacted through the city’s “special event permit process.”
The March 17 ordinance, also established a temporary district downtown, states both were to be activated with a special event permit upon the city administrator’s approval for a…