North Little Rock leaders are looking across the Arkansas River while considering a waterfront improvement plan of their own. Mayor Patrick Hays suggests the city hire the consulting group that helped plan the River Market district in Little Rock. MRA International of Columbia, Maryland, would be asked to develop a master plan for the north bank of the Arkansas River. Hays says the North Little Rock development would be anchored across the Arkansas River from the Bill Clinton presidential library, which is being built just downriver from the Little Rock River Market. North Little Rock paid $60,000 dollars in 2001 for a riverfront market study on the feasibility of an aquarium development with a hotel, restaurants and stores in the area across the river from the Clinton library. No one bought into the idea.