Residents oppose destroying building to pave way for trucks

| 12/20/2002

Residents in Fort Smith, AR, have taken action to stop demolition of a building that would allow the city to streamline a truck route through the center of town, according to local media reports.

The city paid $600,000 for the old Fort Biscuit Co. in April so one of the buildings on Parker Street between Fifth and Sixth Street could be removed and the city could straighten the truck route that passes by City Hall, KHBS television reported.

Supporters say the new truck route will reduce noise and improve traffic safety. However, opponents say the buildings are historic, and the truck route should be moved to a different location.

A number of citizens showed up at a city meeting this week, upset over the plans, The Fort Smith Times Record reported, dominating the citizen input portion of the city directors' agenda.