Global plan meeting held at community building


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Residents of Siloam Springs attended a community meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Global 2040 Plan at the Siloam Springs Community Building.

A total of 76 people attended the meeting on Tuesday, according to project manager Dawn Warrick of Freese and Nichols, the company that is working with the city on the new global plan, Warrick said.

There were 70 people participating and six facilitators who walked around and helped the groups with any issues, Warrick said.

Anyone who missed the meeting can still participate online by visiting siloamsprings2040.com, clicking the Get Involved tab and answering questions, she said. The online part will be available until July 6 for people to take part in, Warrick said.

This meeting had different elements from the first meeting, which took the form of an open house where people just walked around and gave their opinions on signs with stickers.

During this meeting, people were divided into groups and the groups looked at a map of Siloam Springs and discussed what kind of development they wanted to see using Legos, markers, pens and stickers. to illustrate their point.

Legos were color coded to represent different types of developments such as commercial, industrial and residential.

After an hour of work, each group presented their ideas to the audience. The last item people could comment on was a handout that people presented to seven different boards in the community center and ticked off the developments they wanted to see on the sheet.

Warrick described the reunion as fun and energizing.

“I think it was so empowering for people to hear their neighbors, their friends talk about the future of our community,” said Warrick.

The participants had different ideas about what Siloam Springs needed. Allison Bellomy spoke about the need for an indoor recreational facility for families; more restaurants near the airport; and a retirement home. Bellomy said the senior living center will be an assisted living center, not a nursing home.

“It is such a great need in our city,” said Bellomy.

Bernadette Keck said an indoor theater for live performances would be a good addition to Siloam Springs.

“It could be used for anything… events like school groups, orchestras, school plays,” Keck said.

Keck also recommended a walking trail from City Lake Park to downtown; a parking plan to link WOKA to

Siloam Springs businesses; more family businesses; and donate more “Oomph” to the Arkansas Visitor Center, Keck said.

Jeremy Weathers spoke about stop-and-go traffic on Cheri Whitlock and crosswalks on US Highway 412. Stanley Church spoke about having an industrial park near La-Z-Boy and mixed development on 412.

Warrick said that when Freese and Nichols receive all the data, they will present it to the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) at their July 15 meeting.

Marc Hayot / Siloam Sunday Dawn Warrick, the project manager for the Freese and Nichols Global Plan made his closing remarks. Warrick thanked everyone for coming and asked them to fill out an extra sheet on what they would like to see more of in Siloam Springs.

Marc Hayot / Siloam Sunday Allison Bellomy (right), presents her group's recommendations for the Global Plan 2040 with Kathy Turner and Kellyn Clark holding a map of Siloam Springs.  Bellomy discussed the need for an indoor recreation center, more parks, additional restaurants near the airport, and a senior living center.

Marc Hayot / Siloam Sunday Allison Bellomy (right), presents her group’s recommendations for the Global Plan 2040 with Kathy Turner and Kellyn Clark holding a map of Siloam Springs. Bellomy discussed the need for an indoor recreation center, more parks, additional restaurants near the airport, and a senior living center.

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