4 proposed tech park sites make presentation

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The location of Little Rock's Technology Park is closer to being determined.

    The final four proposed sites made ten minute presentations to the Technology Park Authority Board Wednesday evening. The goal is to choose a location in close proximity to educational and research facilities like UAMS, UALR and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

    One of the final proposed locations is on Collins Street in Downtown Little Rock near Heifer International and the Clinton Presidential Center. Skip Rutherford with the Clinton School of Public Service says it is a perfect fit for the area.

    "If the Clinton Presidential Center represents the bridge to the 21st century, this site and this location is the byway through the 21st century," said Rutherford.

    Rutherford also said the site will not affect any residential areas near it and will provide revitalization to the area.

    The other three sites being considered include a 12 story building on River Front Plaza that is currently a part of the Verizon Complex. Advocates for this property said it will cut construction costs and provide a scenic view of the Arkansas River.

    The southeast corner of Asher Avenue and University Avenue adjacent to the UALR campus is also being considered. The site is currently used as a shopping mall, but advocates said it is at the center of the city and accessible to all major research facilities.

    A vacant lot at 2225 John Barrow Road is also in close proximity to UAMS, UALR, Baptist Hospital and Arkansas Children's Hospital. Advocates said they will make the necessary negotiations to get their site chosen.

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