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Conservationists Challenge Jonesboro Developers in North Little Rock Project

APRIL 21, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Conservationists have gone to federal court in an effort to stop construction of a 71-acre shopping center in North Little Rock that is to include a Bass Pro Shop.  The Arkansas Nature Alliance is challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant a permit to build in an area that includes wetlands.

The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday, says developers should have been required to complete an environmental impact statement before being given a permit last week.  The lawsuit asks that Belz-Burrow Development Group of Jonesboro be barred from starting construction.

The shopping center is slated for the intersection of Interstates 30 and 40 in North Little Rock.  The site includes about 30 acres of wetlands.  Construction is set to start this summer.

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