Planning OKs Pine Mountain renovation

Thursday, June 18, 2020

By Samantha Jones

Development on the Pine Mountain resort continues.

On Tuesday, June 9, the Eureka Springs Planning Commission considered a new construction adding a steakhouse and social hall to Pine Mountain Jamboree Theater, a major part of the planned $10 million Pine Mountain resort. Marshall Johnson, who runs Rockin’ Pig Saloon near the Pine Mountain property, said the resort requires the entire property to be refurbished.

“We’re going to be renovating the theater, adding another concept onto that steakhouse,” Johnson said. “The theater will be a banquet hall and the demolition behind that is some buildings we’re looking to add parking for the facility.”

Johnson said he plans to renovate the exterior of the buildings at Pine Mountain Village.

“We’re going to make those basically new,” Johnson said. “We’re getting those fixed up to lease out to other tenants. There are some renovations there.”

Commissioner Ferguson Stewart thanked Johnson for his work.

“This building was a great place for 30 years where it entertained a lot of people,” Stewart said. “I’m glad to see it repurposed. I want to thank you for investing in this city. I think they’re going to appreciate the property a lot.”

“Well, we’re excited,” Johnson said.

Commissioner Tom Buford mentioned a previous meeting where Johnson had proposed cutting down trees on the property and installing landscaping.

“The entire place is going to be landscaped,” Johnson said.

Chairwoman LauraJo Smole asked if Johnson would maintain the existing green space between the building and Highway 62.

“There are some renovations there for moving the entrances when we’re adding the steakhouse,” Johnson said. “We’re going to be closing one of those entrances.”

“When those plans firm up, I’d like to see them,” Smole said, “just to ensure we’re not losing any green space around there.”

Buford said he wanted to talk more about the landscaping plan and asked Johnson if the architect of the project was at the meeting.

“No,” Johnson said. “We have other meetings. That’s part of the plans that were submitted.”

“We keep approving things without having the second thing you planned to do approved yet,” Buford said.

Stewart moved to approve the construction and repurposing of the theater and everyone voted yes except for Buford. The commission then approved demolition of the buildings behind the theater.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Auditorium.

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