A proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market, which has been on track to be built on Prince Street, will be on hold until the May 21 Conway Planning Commission meeting at the request of the applicants.
The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the District Court building.
The grocery store, which is attempting a second bid for the Conway area after being refused six years ago, decided to ask that the proposal be held in committee until May. The possibility of the store being built this summer was brought up in a public hearing during the March meeting of the commission, but several members of First Presbyterian Church, which would be next to the business, raised questions about
the need for the store at all. Many in attendance were opposed to the business. The commission spent about two hours discussing the ramifications of bringing in the business and the parameters that would be set, including leaving it open 24 hours a day, and decided to table any proposal while the applicants and the church could come to several agreements.
The commission spent most of the March meeting discussing what conditions could be placed on Walmart in order to approve the proposal. Restricting truck deliveries at 7:30-9 a.m. on weekdays and at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays were discussed, as well as limiting construction on the property to the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 1-7 p.m. on Sundays.
The rearrangement of green space between the store and the church was also an issue. The commission denied the permit for Walmart allowing a fuel station on the property.
A public hearing will be held during the April meeting concerning a proposal by Rush Hal Development to rezone about 17 acres of land west of Warwick Hills Lane from agricultural (A-1) to single family residential (R-1). The request would allow the developers to start on Phase 2 of the Reserve at Centennial.
Another public hearing by applicants for a Kum & Go convenience store will be held for a proposal by Frank Shaw to rezone property on 2510 Prince St. from R-1 and Quiet Office (O-2) to Highway Shopping Commercial (C-3).