Bella Vista buildings crumble for commercial space

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – David Attlesey and his family have lived in the area for over 100 years.

“six generations at least,” says Attlesey.

We asked Attlesy what he thought of the three different buildings demolished around town by Cooper Realty Investments in hopes of luring restaurants into other business ventures.

“I would like to see the community improvements; I love seeing how the community is involved and people are helping more than themselves,” Attlesey says.

Buildings demolished include the old movie theater in Sugar Creek Center, the vacation rental business, and the old Town Hall buildings in Town Center East.

While Attesey says he enjoys how his home evolves over time, he will miss the visual reminders of his childhood and the good times.

“It’s just sad, it was great when I was a kid, and you’ll probably never see it again in terms of the price change and something going on there like a movie theater,” Attlesey says.

But it’s not just the Old Town cinema that Attlesy has an emotional attachment to,

The vacation rental building was also his first childhood job.

“It’s been tough, but I have to get used to it because everything is going to change, and it’s going to happen one way or another,” Attlesey said.

Before starting to demolish these buildings, they were used for training police and firefighters.

They are now transformed into what the developer calls restaurant pads; it is not yet known which companies will actually be here.

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