The Conway City Council unanimously voted to remove the city-owned parking lot on Parkway Street from consideration as a location for the new City Hall during its regular meeting Tuesday.
“As you know, a couple of weeks ago we met and discussed about moving forward with building a new City Hall,” Mayor Bart Castleberry said. “We talked about the parking lot, on the north end and we decided to move to the south end. Since that time, we’ve had some concerns and questions come up. I would like to ask [the council] to rescind the voice vote from that night, pull that off the table and look at other options.”
Several residents and downtown business owners, who attended the public meeting, applauded the council’s decision because building on that property would eliminate much-needed parking in the area.
“Thank you very much,” local business Laine Berry said after the vote.
After some brief confusion on how to properly word a motion to continue discussions about an existing offer with the American Management Corporation (AMC) building without actually approving the purchase, aldermen voted to hold the item in committee so that it can gather more information and tour other facilities, such as two properties on Markham Street. Castleberry didn’t specify what the properties on Markham Street are, just that he was approached about buying them.
According to documents previously obtained on behalf of the Log Cabin Democrat, the existing AMC offer was set to expire Wednesday.