Save the Gay Oil Building in Little Rock, Arkansas

Save the Gay Oil Building in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Quapaw Quarter Association QQA started this petition to Mayor Frank Scott and

The Gay Oil Building, at 3rd and Broadway, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

A few weeks ago, we learned that the property was on the City of Little Rock Planning Commission Agenda for re-zoning.


A potential buyer is seeking approval to to construct a Bubble King Car Wash on the site, following demolition of the historic Gay Oil Building.


The QQA is opposed to demolition of the historic Gay Oil Building and also construction of the Bubble King Car Wash in this location.

The application was removed from the October 10 Planning Commission agenda because the applicant did not have authorization from the owner of the building to apply for the re-zoning. The current owner and seller of the building does not want to see the building demolished. The seller is under a contract with the Bubble King Car Wash developer, and was unaware of the plans for demolition when the contract was executed.


It is important to note that the National Register Listing of the building does not prevent demolition. The only protection for the historic building would be a preservation easement or local regulatory body like the Little Rock Historic District Commission which has jurisdiction over MacArthur Park or the State of Arkansas Capitol Zoning District Commission. It does not fall within either of these two districts.In this location a property owner does not need review and approval to demolish the historic building. If and when the new developer takes ownership they simply need to apply for a permit for demolition. They would still need to apply to the Planning Commission for re-zoning to construct the car wash in this location.


Let them know you do not want the historic Gay Oil Building demolished and construction of a Bubble King Car Wash is inappropriate at this location.Join us in opposition to demolition of the Gay Oil Building and construction of the Bubble King Car Wash.

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