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.
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.