The Housing Northwest Arkansas initiative culminated last week with the announcement of the winners of a professional design competition. The initiative, led by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, also included a design studio for students and a housing symposium for the community. More than two dozen architecture firms from around the world entered their designs for attainable housing for five sites near downtown Bentonville.
Waste Management, which operates the Eco-Vista Landfill in Tontitown, has proposed expanding its facilities by a total of about 22 acres. In the next five years though, the company anticipates further expansions to the facility will be needed. At its board of directors meeting Thursday, the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District approved the first step in a three-year expansion process.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was in Springdale Tuesday to further outline a plan to streamline state agencies with the goal of saving the state money. Since taking office in 2015, the governor has instituted a hiring freeze and already consolidated several state agencies. Hutchinson announced he plans to cut the number of cabinet agencies that report to him from 42 to fewer than 20.
The daughters of architect E. Fay Jones gifted their childhood home to the University of Arkansas in 2015. Since then, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design has been working to restore and preserve the house on Hillcrest Avenue in Fayetteville. Jones finished building the house in 1956 and lived there until his death in 2004.
Crews have been filming the third season of HBO's True Detective in northwest Arkansas since the beginning of the year. Aside from the show's stars, like Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff, a lot of locals have also been involved in the production in various capacities. We speak with Jake Lewis, of Woodworx Workshop, Izzy Crone, who is in eighth grade, Curt Lanning, of NWA Politics, and Teresa Hoofard, who helps run the Fayetteville Trading Post, about getting a call from True Detective.