LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- People driving on JFK Boulevard in the Park Hill community called us saying they were shocked to see the Park Hill Elementary School Back up for sale again. They wanted to know what was going on.
So, we called Brooks Mcrae, the realtor whose name was on the for sale signs in front of the school. He confirmed the school is back up for sale and is listed on the Mckimmey Real Estate website.
It was only a few months ago when there were talks of a technology company setting up shop there. Community members were hopeful that new business coming in would help re-invigorate the community. Now, community members said they are hopeful a new buyer will see the potential the Park Hill Community has.
Melody Stanley owns Red Door Gallery, a business right across the street from the school. She said there are many different things it could be great for.
“I would love to see loft apartments and specialty shops,” said Stanley. “Whoever buys it needs to make it more of a pedestrian friendly area to help revitalize Park Hill.”
Greg Hatcher, a Little Rock businessman, said the right buyer could make the area competitive with popular areas in Little Rock.
“I think it’d be really exciting if someone came in and developed that building into something that would make the area like the Heights or Hillcrest or something like that,” he said. “There are a lot of people talking about the opportunity in North Little Rock.”
For some people in the community, they are open to ideas when it comes to a new tenant. Their biggest concern is keeping a piece of Park Hill history in good shape. Cynthia Cohen still lives in the Park Hill neighborhood. She said that every time there’s a change with the school, the entire neighborhood starts paying attention. She said it’s something she is personally passionate about because of her family legacy of Park Hill Elementary graduates.
“My dad, who was born in 1918, went to that school and so did my brother and I,” said Cohen. “It truly is a monument and important place here.”
She has her own hopes for the future of the building.
“It wouldn't hurt my feelings if it were turned into condos or apartments,” she said. “It certainly can’t be a school anymore and we understand that.”