John Burkhalter, a former candidate for lieutenant governor whose controversial plan for a five-story office building on Sixth Street across from the Capitol ran into roadblocks, is back with plans for a smaller building on the property.

Burkhalter will present plans to the Capitol Zoning District Commission Thursday for a 37,000-square-foot three-story building with a basement and attached parking garage. The Arkansas First Building will be designed to complement the neo-classical Capital., with granite, columns and balconies with a view of the Capitol. It’s at 1417 W. 6th. A 1960s-era medical clinic will be removed.


A main entrance on the west will face Woodlane.

The link above takes you to a full report on the property’s history. He ran into a series of challenges to a variety of previous plans for the building, particularly a five-story building he’d worked hard on.


The Commission approved a three-story building in 2012, but little has happened since. The staff has recommended approval of this latest approval, which also has won favorable votes from review committees. Burkhalter is a developer (his projects include a marina near the Clinton Library) and heads an engineering company.