Dr. Nina Baker and Dr. David Baker Jr. of the Baker Eye Institute in Conway are planning to transform the old Pizza Hut building next to their medical facility into a mixed-use office building.
Croft Buildings LLC purchased the old Pizza Hut at the corner of Harkrider and Garland streets for $400,000 in September of 2011 from Loveless Properties.
Adolescent Christian ministry Young Life, who Dr. Nina Baker said has since relocated, last occupied the building. Young Life could not be reached for comment by press time Monday.
Nina said Croft Buildings LLC is working with Rik Sowell Architects, Inc. and the City of Conway to make sure the building fits into the visual and functional affects of the city’s master plan Conway2025.
Last week, Nina put a sign out in front of the property to garner interest from potential tenants. The sign shows an artistic rendering of a brick and glass building with four generic examples of what could be built in place of the old Pizza Hut building.
The sign shows a cafe, sporting goods store, printing shop and clinic as examples of potential tenants. Nina is encouraging the public to call the number on the sign and tell Croft Buildings what businesses they want to see on Harkrider.
The building will be about 7,500 square feet with the ability to be leased to one tenant or broken down and leased to multiple tenants, she said.
Nina has been making calls to potential tenants, but she said Croft Buildings is very open, and wants to find the best fit for that location.
So far, none of the space is leased, Nina said, but the property is zoned for just about anything from restaurants to medical offices.
Baker Eye Institute is not relocating, and will not occupy any of the space in the new building, she said.
Nina said the corner has great visibility and lots of potential. Croft Buildings is also pleased with the beautiful lighting and sidewalks the city has built around the property, she said.
This new mixed-use office building will be a good thing for Conway and the local economy, Nina said.
Nina said currently there isn’t a timeline for construction or when the old Pizza Hut building will be demolished, but hopes to get started as soon as possible.
For leasing information call 501-908-6078.