Members of the Conway City Council will meet on Tuesday to once again consider an ordinance rezoning property located at Prince Street and Salem Road from O-3 and C-2 to PUD.
If passed, the ordinance will allow for the beginning of Kroger’s proposed expansion, and will mark the end of controversy among concerned neighboring residents and Kroger legal representatives and contractors.
The original request by property owner Joe Whisenhunt to rezone the property was sent to members of the Conway City Council by the Conway Planning Commission in September with the recommendation that the request be denied, following comments by neighborhood residents during a public meeting and the concern by commissioners that the store would be too large for the area.
During the council meeting and after lengthy debate, legal representatives conceded and withdrew the application, announcing their intention to apply under the Planned Unit Development process instead.
Legal representatives with Kroger and of Whisenhunt and architects were on-hand at a second public meeting on Nov. 3 to hear concerns spanning lighting, noise, HVAC units, delivery times and traffic flow.
Last week the issue was again sent to the council following the regular meeting of the Planning Comission, during which commissioners voted 7–1 to forward the request without recommendation.
Those opposing the rezoning did so due to a concern that size of the property is inadequate to house the expansion, and would "ruin the integrity" of the surrounding neighborhood.
Commissioners were also concerned that the expansion would add to already-congested traffic at Price Street and Salem Road.
The council will also consider:
• The nomination of Tony Davis and Lee Washington to the Conway Planning Commission.
• The nomination of Jason Hansen to the Oak Grove Cemetery Board.
• A resolution requesting the Faulkner County Tax Collector place certified liens on property located at 1515 Freyaldenhoven Lane as a result of incurred expenses by the City.
• A resolution ordering the demolition and/or repair of a structure located at 1463 Scott Street.
• Bids for the removal and replacement of carpet at the Central Fire Station.
• An ordinance appropriating insurance funds to the Conway Animal Shelter.
• An ordinance appropriating and accepting grant funds and insurance funds from various entities for the Conway Police Department.
The city council will meet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hon. Russell L. "Jack" Roberts District Court Building, located at 810 Parkway Street.
The meeting will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. committee meeting on Prince Street Improvements.
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