Had commissioners agreed to the UA’s original $1 million request, it would’ve been the largest single contribution ever made to a special project.
Justin Tennant got a lot more than he bargained for during Monday’s meeting of the Town and Gown Advisory Committee.
The decision to table the issue came after Ward 3 Alderman and A&P commissioner Justin Tennant requested the group wait for advice from the newly formed Town and Gown Advisory Committee.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he believes the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission may legally contribute tax revenues toward construction of a planned performance hall on the University of Arkansas campus.
Jim and Joyce Faulkner of Little Rock have pledged $6 million to support the estimated $17 million cost to convert the university’s Old Field House building into a concert hall.
The commission’s decision whether to contribute $1 million toward construction of a performance hall on the University of Arkansas campus is on hold while commissioners await a written opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
As recommended, the commission will seek a written opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel regarding the University of Arkansas’ request for $1 million in A&P funds.
In a memo sent to A&P commissioners on Friday, Kit Williams urged the group to obtain a formal attorney general opinion on the legality of contributing $1 million in A&P funds to the University of Arkansas.
Commissioner Bob Davis said he supported the proposal, but with two commissioners absent from Monday’s meeting, the group decided to delay further discussion until its next regular meeting in August.
Officials are expected to ask for a $1 million pledge toward conversion of the old Field House building into a 700-seat performing arts center on the university campus.
Walton Arts Center expansion plans became a little more clear on Tuesday, after the results of an almost year-long study were presented to the board of directors at a meeting inside Nadine Baum Studios.