200-Acre Traditional Neighborhood Development Coming to Northwest Arkansas

A local group recently completed the purchase of 200 acres near Rogers, in Benton County, Arkansas, that will become a master-planned, mixed-use neighborhood called Warren Park.

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August 28, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Old wooden bridge with steel railings at the War Eagle River in Rogers, Arkansas.

A bridge crosses the War Eagle River in Rogers, Arkansas. | raksyBH / Adobe Stock

A new traditional neighborhood development (TND) is planned for Northwest Arkansas, between Bentonville and Fayetteville. Paul Gatling reports that a local development group led by John Schmelzle and Kristen Boozman of Rogers, recently completed the acquisition of 202 acres of pastureland site west of Interstate 49 in Benton County.

“They plan to create a master-planned, mixed-use neighborhood utilizing new urbanism design practices,” reports Gatling. “Nuanced design elements will include a walkable network of tree-lined streets, a downtown section for uses such as local, chef-driven restaurants, a bakery, an after-school center, creative and medical office space, a place of worship and open public spaces where neighbors can gather for a farmer’s market, live music or evening movies in the park.”

According to sources quoted int h article, Warren Park will be the Northwest Arkansas region’s first traditional neighborhood development. More about TNDs can be read in an article by Robert Steuteville for the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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