Tracking down details on this has been tricky so far, but what we do know is that the Fayetteville Planning Commission last month approved a conditional use permit for a 12,300-square-foot museum to be built on an undeveloped, wooded, 3.38-acre lot on 255 E. Sunbridge Drive in Fayetteville.
Rumors have been swirling recently about a martial arts-themed museum coming to town. To us, they’d been nothing but rumors until a brief mention today at Arkansas Business piqued our interest.
Lo and behold, the July 11 Planning Commission agenda includes an item titled “CUP 11-3868: Conditional Use Permit (255 E. SUNBRIDGE DR./BRUCE LEE MUSEUM, 290).”
The commission meeting mentioned a building with office areas, display areas and a 50-seat theater.
A Seattle-based Bruce Lee Action Museum has been in the works for a few years with specs calling for a three-story building with outdoor plazas, a mediation room, a library and 250-seat theater. As of this summer, however, the project was still in an unknown state.
Also this summer, plans to turn Bruce Lee’s former Hong Kong residence into a commemorative museum were reportedly abandoned when the Hong Kong government was unable to reach an agreement with the owner of the property.
Is this the martial arts-themed museum we’ve been hearing about? Is it the Bruce Lee we’re thinking of?
We’ll keep looking.