PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Baptist Health In July, Baptist Health hosted a topping-out ceremony and placed the final beam on the Conway facility. The beam traveled to each of the Baptist Health facilities and to the Chamber of Commerce to give employees and the public the opportunity to sign it and be a part of history. At the ceremony, Baptist Health announced that the new hospital would expand from 211,000 square feet to 264,000 square feet and from 99 to 111 beds. The hospital is scheduled to open late third quarter of 2016. Central Landing and Lewis Crossing The Conway economy in late 2015 and 2016 is in many ways defined by the enormous amount of high-profile public and private construction taking place at the Central Landing and Lewis Crossing retail developments. Major roadway improvements to Dave Ward Drive, the construction of a new overpass at Elsinger Boulevard,
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and the construction of Central Landing Boulevard at Oak Street are all underway. Lewis Crossing is scheduled to open in late 2016. Central Landing is scheduled to open in early 2017. The two projects will combine to add almost one million square feet of new commercial development. Parking Study During the second half of 2015, the Conway Area Chamber, Conway Development Corporation, Conway Downtown Partnership, and Central Business Improvement District partnered to commission an overall parking study of downtown. Crafton Tull Engineering and Walker Parking completed the study in December. The study provides a comprehensive market analysis for current parking as well as a forecast of parking demand as downtown continues to develop. In 2016, the four sponsoring organizations will make formal recommendations outlined in the study to the City of Conway.