Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Opens New $22.5 Million Building


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced in a press release on Wednesday, Dec. 15 that it has opened a new $22.5 million building at the Village at Heritage in Fort Smith, Ark.

The Village at Heritage is a mall of restaurants, retail stores, and student housing, located across from the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. The new 78,131 square foot building will join this 515 acre area owned by ACHE.

“The demand for additional student accommodation, combined with numerous requests from merchants to open a location at Heritage, has accelerated plans for the third building,” said Les Smith, COO of ACHE. “With the construction of building C and the 70 additional apartments, we will now support 44% of our students with accommodation on campus. Additionally, Heritage will provide the community with additional options for dining and shopping in a trendy new experience.

“Building C” will accommodate shops on the first level and student accommodation on the second and third. This will include “My Uniform Corner” and a new gift shop, as well as “Simply Couture Boutique”, and a boba tea shop, as well as two restaurants, according to the statement.

Construction is expected to be completed in March 2023 and will complete phase three of a student housing plan, Smith said. Phase four is currently in the early stages of planning new apartments on the ACHE campus.


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