After facing obstacles created by the age and original materials of the building, construction at the corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue is expected to be finished on schedule in summer 2020.

The construction method used by the original builders, which consisted of a rubble wall with a layer of rock and pebbles, was not structurally sound, said Matt Poe, an associate at Modus Studio and design manager of the project. The builders expected challenges from the beginning.

Workers demolished the west wall of the building, which is also the part where Marina Zumi, an artist from Berlin, painted a mural in August 2017.

“We tried to do a lot to save all of the history of the building,” Poe said.

The workers are also working around other obstacles created by renovations made by previous owners in the 1990s, Poe said.

The biggest change to the building will be on the west wall, where workers removed the rubble wall and mural. The structure will all remain, and more than 80% of the original building will be part of the finished project, Poe said. Workers will also add a balcony hanging over the sidewalk next to West Avenue, but it will not disrupt pedestrian traffic.

The mural formerly painted on the side of the building has been preserved in some parts, but it was not possible to preserve the whole thing because it was painted directly on the wall.

“A lot of the pieces of the mural were removed carefully and then given to Experience Fayetteville as they were a part of that project,” Poe said. “When the building owners purchased the building it came with the wasn’t conforming with the way the building was being developed.”

The traffic around the construction area is being diverted while heavy machinery is in use, but the intersection and traffic flow will not be altered once the construction is complete.

Three House Ventures bought the building at 430 W. Dickson St., which previously housed Hog Haus Brewing Co., in October 2018. Construction on the project began in December 2018.

“I think a big part of the building’s story is still unwritten,” Poe said. “The corner is one of the most important corners in Fayetteville on Dickson Street, and we’re happy they’re building a high-quality building to replace what was there.”

Andrew Elkins is the associate news editor of the Arkansas Traveler. He worked as a reporter and photographer from 2018-2019.

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