The student complex receives support from the Fayetteville Planning Commission

FAYETTEVILLE – The town planning commissioners gave the green light to a new student housing complex on Monday.

The commission voted 8-0 to approve a planned retirement zoning district in Fayetteville, a 142-unit student-centric complex on Razorback Road, about 800 feet south of the intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. .. A planned zoning district is essentially a detailed rezoning request.

Lawyer Will Kellstrom presented the article to the committee. It was the third time that the commissioners had heard the request, each time asking for additional details.

Kellstrom said the plan met all of the city’s requirements, but the designers wanted to go beyond it. The updated plans included a 1,000 square foot commercial space attached to Stadium Drive, which ends in dead ends on the site. Kellstrom gave examples of space use, such as a cafe, gym, yoga studio, or take-out style restaurant.

The architects also “spiced up” the design of some of the 16 buildings, with covered porches and windows to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, Kellstrom said. The complex will also include a four-storey car park and pavilion. Residential buildings will have three floors.

The land is currently zoned for industrial use. Those uses include an egg farm, smokehouse, used parking lot, selling trucks, cleaning cesspools and making guns, Kellstrom said.

“It’s not something we want to build,” he said. “But if the owner decided to sell to someone else, he could possibly do it here.”

Commissioner Leslie Belden congratulated the designers for updating the plan. She said she initially felt bad for being too critical of the project in previous meetings, but felt the discussions led to a much better plan.

The Commissioners present voted unanimously in favor. Mike Wiederkehr was absent for the vote but attended the meeting online later.

In other cases, commissioners have held until Jan. 10 an application by Tin Roof to operate a concert hall in the former Hog Haus building at the northeast corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue.

Ryan Umberger, the city’s senior planner, said the app was missing some information. While the city does not have a minimum parking requirement for businesses, a statement or analysis showing that the business has adequate parking available without impacting surrounding properties is required, he said. . The information was not included in Tin Roof’s proposal.

Additionally, staff wanted more information on the frequency of events and expected occupancy, Umberger said. In addition, a proposed prefabricated structure for a bar behind the building conflicts with existing water and sewer easements, he said.

Matt Poe of Modus Studio, the architectural firm behind the project, said all of the city’s problems were easily fixable.

President Matt Johnson and other commissioners agreed they were not concerned about the parking arrangement for the company. The building never had its own parking lot and a new parking lot is being offered as part of the arts corridor across the street, they said.

“I park in a different location every time I’m in this area,” Johnson said. “It’s a very busy entertainment district. It’s also adjacent to trails and probably one of the most easily accessible corners of our entertainment district. “

The commission also upheld an application for a permit to develop a 43-acre recreational vehicle fleet south of Lowe’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Planning staff recommended that the commission deny the application, saying the area woody is very sensitive from an ecological point of view. The proposal included 217 stands for vehicles. The area is in a floodplain, crossed by Farmington Branch and part of the property meeting the town’s hill overlay standards.

Commissioners asked Crafton Tull, the company that made the request, to address on January 10 the low traffic capacity of nearby Finger Road and more details on how the landscaping and natural features of the site would be managed.

Commission action

The Fayetteville planning commission met on Monday and approved:

A development plan for a 55 unit apartment complex on approximately 5 acres northeast of Wedington Drive and Heritage Avenue.

A preliminary plan of 125 residential lots on approximately 37 acres northwest of Zion and Butterfield Coach roads.

A license to operate a body piercing business at 935 N. College Ave.

Source: Fayetteville

Aurora J. William