Friday, January 22, 2010

Up to $5,000 FREE Money for Home Repairs

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) is seeking eligible applicants with needs for home repair up to $5,000. Examples of repair may include plumbing, HVAC, new roof, etc. The funds will be awarded in the form of a forgivable grant. This is not a loan.

Program coordinator Barrett Allen reports that many area residents have already applied for grants to re-roof their houses.
Program Requirements:

     -Person must agree to stay in home for 5 years

     -Households must have a family income of 80 percent or less of the area median income

     -Must be a Special Needs households

     1. Special needs include anyone at least 55 years of age


     2. A disabled person with one verifiable condition: (1) mentally disabled (2) physically disabled (3) applicant recovering from physical abuse (4) applicant recovering from substance abuse (5) HIV/AIDS


Barrett Allen
Community Development Program Officer
University District
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University-Bailey Center
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-683-7361 - Direct
501-683-7356 - Main
501-683-7209 - Fax

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Early Days of Broadmoor

Installment 1
History compiled by Lanita Reynolds with the help of Bernie Allen, Berneice Howard, Glenn Ledbetter, Jack Marshall, Ford Patterson, Jack Perciful, Cheryl Davis South, Ann Wilson, and Ann Easterly.

The Fausetts

In 1953, Raymond Rebsamen sold a large tract of land west of Hays Street (now University Avenue) that consisted of a lake, lots of trees, and a hunting lodge to Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Fausett of Fausett Realty for the development of a new subdivision, which would be known as Broadmoor. At that time, Hays Street was a two-lane gravel road, and this area was considered to be "way out in the country". The property was not in the city limits of Little Rock, as Hays Street was the city's western boundary. Ten acres were set aside for the lake, and ten acres for the park.

Aerial photo during Broadmoor's construction
Construction of the first houses began in late 1953 on Lakeshore Drive. The Broadmoor houses featured a tile ridge roll on the roof, hardwood floors, ceramic tile countertops, ceramic tile baths, and Arkla Servel air conditioning. In fact, Broadmoor was the first subdivision in the nation which had houses that offered air conditioning. (Editor's note: Broadmoor was the first fully air conditioned development in the United States.) A large redwood cooling tower could be found the back yards. A new home ranged in price from $11,500 to $21,625, with 18 different floor plans available.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The residents of the University District are following the development of Park Avenue with excitement. The new mall will replace the now-demolished University Mall just north of Sears on University Avenue near I-630.

Strode Property Company of Dallas, Texas, the developer, announced last year that Target will anchor the mall. Target is a great addition to our area. Its return to the heart of Little Rock is evidence that the University District is a great place to live!

As you can see, construction of the mall is well under way. The quality of the work is evident from the beautiful stone work along the perimeter.

For more information, contact the local real estate agents handling the project: Irwin Partners, 1701 Centerview Drive, Suite 201, Little Rock, (501) 225-5700, and

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

54th Annual Meeting March 21, 2010

The Broadmoor Property Owners' Association/Broadmoor Recreational Improvement District will have its 54th Annual Meeting on March 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. St. Luke United Methodist Church has graciously allowed us the use of its fellowship hall for the meeting.

St. Luke is at 6401 West 32nd Street.

Come meet your neighbors, hear interesting presentations, and participate in the selection of neighborhood leaders.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pink Bathrooms

Does your Broadmoor home have the original pink ceramic tile? How many times have you or others you know said "I need to rip out this old, pink bathroom?" You may find this Internet site interesting, and it might change your mind. Proof that there's a Web site for everything, you can take the Save the Pink Bathrooms Pledge here.

Our 552 homes were built during the booming mid-1950s and exhibit a great standard of design and craftsmanship. Broadmoor was the first development in the country to have central air conditioning in every new home. Our houses remain functional and easy to maintain. Best of all, you don't have to drain your bank account to own one.

Enjoy that pink bathroom!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

City Considers Yard Parking Ban

Today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the the City of Little Rock may reconsider allowing cars to be parked on residential lawns.

Back in 2004, the Little Rock Planning Commission approved a proposal to require automobiles to be parked only on improved parking surfaces. Such a requirement would benefit the city by keeping residents from destroying lawns and causing both ugliness and sediment runoff. As you can see above, parking on a lawn kills the grass and leaves the surface vulnerable to erosion. It is ugly, too.

After the Planning Commission proposed the ordinance, it was inexplicably dropped by city government.

The Broadmoor Neighborhood Board of Directors passed a resolution back in 2004 encouraging city directors to pass the ordinance. Please encourage our city director, Doris Wright, to support the ordinance.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Northwest Patrol Division Meeting January 14

The next Little Rock Police Department Northwest Patrol Division meeting is Thursday, January 14, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation, 10,001 Kanis Road.

This meeting is for Districts 60, 61 (includes Broadmoor), 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Colonel Glenn Road.

These meetings provide a forum for concerned Citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas; Discussion on progress of arrests and investigations; To share success stories, accomplishments and to commend officers for outstanding performance; And, an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

For mor information call: