Interior and exterior finishes to the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds totaling a little more than $2.7 million were approved by the Conway City Council on Tuesday.

"It could be less than this," Mayor Tab Townsell told aldermen. "That’s a guaranteed maximum price."

Interior finishes will include adding two large, dividable meeting spaces, a catering kitchen, restrooms, storage and an office.

Exterior finishes will include adding a circle drive with a canopy-covered drop off at the entrance and more parking.

The project also entails improvements to the exterior of the exhibit hall, located to the west of the property, Deputy Mayor Aaron Knight said in a news release.

"When the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds was built in 2010, the event center portion was plumbed but left unfinished. It has been used for storage to date," Knight said.

"The Expo Center and Fairgrounds has proven to be a valuable addition to Conway and is rented out almost weekly. Finishing this event center portion will provide expanded possibilities, including daily rental for meeting space," Townsell said before the meeting.

Architect Rik Sowell and Salter Construction, who worked on the original building, were chosen to finish out the facility. Designer Georg Andersen was chosen to select the interior finishings, Knight said. Andersen previously worked on the Conway Municipal Airport at Cantrell Field.

The total cost to finish the facility is estimated at a little more than $2.7 million dollars and will be paid for with Advertising and Promotion funds, generated from a portion of the 2 percent prepared food tax.

Also Tuesday, Conway Street and Engineering Department Director Finley Vinson showed aldermen proposed changes to the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. If the admendments are approved, the street department would manage the program rather than the mayor’s office, in addition to other changes.

"We want to streamline the process," Vinson said, providing aldermen with all the amendments to review at their convenience.

Aldermen will vote on the changes at a later date, likely in two weeks or a month.

In other business, the council approved:

• Rezoning property at 3600 Donnell Ridge Road from I-1 (industrial) to R-1 (residential).

• Rezoning property at 1330 S. Donaghey Ave. from A-1 (special) to O-2 (office).

• Rezoning property at 4825 College Ave. from A-1 to PUD (planned unit development).

• Reviewing the conditional-use permit granted to Phoenix Recovery in April to make sure the treatment facility is in compliance with criteria laid out in the permit.

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