Conway considers razing old police station and building larger farmers market as part of new city square

A mega farmers market, an open air pavilion and a new city square could transform downtown Conway in the coming years.

City Council members plan to soon raze the old police station at the corner of Laurel Street and Second Avenue. In its place, they are envisioning a multi-use facility that would house an expanded farmers market and serve as a venue for concerts, festivals and other events.

“We’ve got a viable farmers market where it is now,” said City Administrator Bill Graham. “But we see an opportunity for growth.”

Council members discussed the “downtown square” concept during a workshop Monday night. No formal plans have been approved, but the proposal resonated with city leaders.

“I’ve been hoping for this for years,” said City Councilman Tom Anderson. “To me, it’s a fun, funky space.”