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Mann lofts: Rendering of what the apartments next to the Mann on Main office building will look like.

Mann on Main

324 Main St. (4th and Main)

Jimmy Moses and Rett Tucker in partnership with Doyle Rogers Co. have invested $20 million in the renovation of the 100,000-square-foot former Blass Department store, its annex next door and a 416-space parking lot behind the building on Louisiana Street. The Mann on Main will be leased by the state of Arkansas for the offices including the Pharmacy Board, the Crime Information Center and the Office of Child Support Enforcement. Bruno’s Italian Restaurant will occupy part of the ground floor of the Mann Lofts, which includes 19 apartments.

Bruno's new home: Ground floor of the loft annex next to Mann on Main. Read recent news on Bruno's.

The KLofts

KLofts

315 Main St.

Developer Scott Reed of Reed Realty Inc. of Oregon believes his rehabilitation of the 1910 Gus Blass Wholesale building into KLofts was the catalyst for rapidly following development on the ghost town that was Little Rock’s Main Street. Mayor Mark Stodola brokered the sale of the building to Reed from the Kumpuris family (hence the K in KLofts). Reed got a $275,000 loan from the Pulaski County Brownfield Revolving Loan fund to remediate the five-story building, and remodeled and installed utilities in the basement (which had standing water in it) and first and second floors; more than $1 million has been invested in the building to date, he said. The 10,000-square-foot basement and ground floor’s first occupant, Porter’s Jazz Club, didn’t survive, but Montego Bay Cafe has taken its place and Reed is now planning on finishing out the upper stories as apartments. “Eighteen months ago, Main Street was where builders went to die,” Reed said. “The banks weren’t interested.” That’s changed, Reed says. His plans: To put 30 one-bedroom apartments on the top four floors and have another two live-work spaces in the rear of the building.

Exchange Building (State Office)

Exchange Building

Northeast corner of 5th and Main St.

The three-story Exchange Building, designed by famed Arkansas architect Charles Thompson in 1920 for the Exchange Bank, got a $6 million overhaul last year by owner Stephens Inc. Its tenants are state offices.

Under development

Parking Lot

West side of Main

Right now, a chain link fence and a half block of gravel are all that’s left of the buildings that used to line the west side of the 400 block of Main. Stephens Inc. tore the buildings down in 2009, prompting outcries from preservationists and a scramble by the city to create a redevelopment plan for Main that would preserve as much of its historic character as possible. The block will be used for parking, though Stephens surely has plans for a higher use in the future.

The State Bank Building, Little Rock's second skyscraper in 1909, more recently known as the Boyle Building.

Main Lofts

The Arkansas Building, Arkansas annex, M.M. Cohn, the Boyle Building (originally the State Bank building)

Scott Reed, Wooten Epes and Brian Corbell have taken on the ambitious redevelopment of all four buildings on the west side of the 500 block of Main Street for arts-based endeavors and apartments. They purchased the buildings for $1.5 million and received a $916,000 loan from the Pulaski County Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund for asbestos and lead remediation. The buildings are being restored in consultation with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the National Parks Service so that new investors can earn historic tax credits. The first phase of the project will cost $5.2 million, Epes said; he said Riverside Bank and Capital Bank will be lenders. The project has a high-profile tenant in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, which expects to occupy what was once the ground floor of M.M. Cohn later this year. Last week, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre signed a letter of intent to occupy a total of 7,000 square feet above the Symphony space and to the south, in the annex building, for educational and black box space. Reed said Kent Walker, an artisan cheesemaker, will lease the basement of the Arkansas Building at 6th and Main, taking advantage of its naturally cool temperature. Artist studios will be available for lease on the first floor; Reed said artists Matt McLeod, Ariston Jacks and Keith Carter are likely tenants, along with Bella Vita jewelry by Brandy Thomason. The upper floors of all the buildings will be developed as the Main Lofts (not to be confused with the Mann Lofts). Rents will run $800-$1,000 a month. Part of the dream: A gymnasium, theater and virtual golf screen. Epes said the owners may sell the 12-story Boyle Building.