The Conway City Council approved an ordinance allowing Red Robin to gain a private club permit and serve alcohol at its restaurant at 1025 S. Amity Road.
The eatery is currently under construction in the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center. No opening date was available as of press time Wednesday.
Aldermen approved the ordinance 7-0, with Alderman Wesley Pruitt absent, without discussion.
Aldermen did not approve an appeal of the Conway Planning Commission’s denial of modifications to the final Club Villas planned unit development (PUD) at 1135, 1145, 1155 Country Club Road.
The issue died from lack of a motion after a fairly lengthy discussion that included two area residents who had previously opposed the project telling the council they now supported it with the adjustments developer John Pennington of PH LLC had made.
Landon Sanders addressed the council on behalf of Pennington Homes. He said that after the planning commission meeting in October, in which neighbors opposed the project and the planning commission denied it, the company worked with neighbors to address their concerns.
"This is only involving the northern three lots," he said of their concerns. "The proposal was to increase this from three units to seven units. That was met with disapproval from a couple of neighbors and from the planning commission so we went back to the drawing board, worked with the neighbors and tried to come up with a better solution to make everybody happy."
The new proposal was to increase the area to six units instead of seven. Additionally, he said, developers worked to address the privacy concerns of neighbors.
"We’ve moved the private drive north, to where it does not contact the southwestern lot owned by [one of the neighbors] to protect their fence and keep anybody from driving through their yard."
One neighbor who previously opposed the project but told aldermen that she now approved of it after "Pennington stood in my backyard and went over every concern with me" said she thought the project would greatly help with drainage issues in the area.