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406 Main

406 Main

TAGGART Architects have drawn up plans for a new three-story, 24,000-square-foot office building next door to the Old Post Office, the future home of the Laman Public Library’s Argenta Branch. If the project comes to pass, the architectural firm would occupy the second floor.

The Joint

The Joint

301 Main St.

It’s a coffee shop. It’s a 105-seat comedy theater, with its own three-man company called “The Main Thing.” It’s an improv venue. It’s got jazz on Tuesdays and wine-tastings and the Funkanites. All thanks to the funny Farrells, Vicki and Steve, who moved their Houston comedy club to 301 Main St. in 2012.

Laman Library

William F. Laman Public Library System Argenta Branch

420 Main St.

Laman Library is planning to move its Argenta branch from the renovated former fire station it now occupies at 506 Main St. to a larger historic structure a block away. Laman executive director Jeff Baskin said he hopes heavy construction on the library’s renovation of the approximately 15,000-square-foot former Argenta Post Office, built in 1932, begins in April and concludes in time for the new branch to open by January 2014. New features include a 135-seat auditorium in the basement, where Baskin said the library will host lectures, movies, plays and author discussions; an exhibit hall; a coffee shop; a computer lab with around 25 public terminals, and a large children’s department. Official cost estimates won’t be known until April, Baskin said, but he suspects it will run at least $2.5 million.

The Argenta Community Theatre

The Argenta Community Theatre

405 Main St.

This $3 million project at 405 Main St., founded by Judy Tenenbaum and Vince Insalaco, brings Shakespeare, film, collaborations with The Rep and more to downtown North Little Rock. Harold Tenenbaum donated the building to the theater and contributed to the renovation. It opened in February 2011 next door to the arts-education promoting THEA Foundation, 401 Main, located there since 2008.

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Market Square

500 Block of Main St.

Argenta Downtown Council’s Market Square will transform the shadeless gravel lot that serves the Farmers Market on the 500 block of Main into a landscaped plaza with a stage, film screen, a splash area for kids and other amenities. It will create a shadier and more park-like space for the April-October market and the year-round special events that take place there now. The Argenta Arts Foundation will manage the park for the city, which swapped property on Fourth Street for the land in an arrangement with owner Harold Tenenbaum. The ADC will raise private funds to build the square; total cost is estimated at $500,000 to $700,000. ADC director Donna Hardcastle said she’d like to see the plaza built within the next 12 months.