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The El Dorado Historic District Commission is expected to hear two Certificates of Appropriateness requests for downtown projects when commissioners convene for a regular monthly meeting at noon today in the second-floor conference room of City Hall.

Blake Dunn, of CADM Architecture, Inc., will present a COA request for four proposed items at the El Dorado Federal Center, 101 S. Jackson.

COAs are required for most exterior work on buildings within the city’s commercial historic district.

The building is owned by Pete Dunn, of the Virginia-based Deep Water Companies, LLC, and is a contributing structure within the city’s commercial historic district, meaning that it is at least 50 years old and has not been significantly altered from its original appearance.

The federal center was built in 1931 in the of Classical Revival style.

The proposed work calls for the replacement of the entrance doors in the lobby to match the original architectural design; replacement of the steel doors and frames; construction of a brick security screen on the loading dock; and the addition of a secured parking area.

Dunn is also on the agenda to present a COA for the building at 313 E. Main.

He previously presented a COA to renovate the commercial building, historically known as the News-Times building, into a single-family residential unit.

The original COA was approved for the work in December, and the new proposal calls for a revision to the design on the southern facade of the building, which is owned by Dr. and Mrs. Steve Smart.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or

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