New businesses including a Walmart Neighborhood Market will be looked at by the Conway Planning Commission during its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the District Court Building. Both requests will have public hearings during the meeting.
A rezoning request by Walmart will change the area on 2510 Prince St. from R-1 (single family residential) to PUD (planned unit development) in order for a Neighborhood Market to be built there. An outlot would also be developed for future business use.
Several office and commercial activity permits have been issued in the area, and the rezoning would be seen as an extension of commercial property at the corner of Salem Road and Prince Street. Prince Street is currently undergoing major reconstruction in preparation of new Conway High School construction.
The building housing the Neighborhood Market would be approximately 42,000 square feet, and the outlot may house a 3,500 square foot fast food establishment.
Possible concerns with the new Walmart is the intent of the business to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unless specified, truck deliveries may also be 24 hours a day.
The commission will also review a conditional use permit for a new restaurant in an I-3 (intensive industrial) area. The location is at 800 Exchange Ave. near Interstate 40. Although the restaurant does not directly comply with the comprehensive plan, the location may seem compatible with surrounding operations such as offices, convenience stores and other food services.
In other business, the commission will also hold a public hearing concerning an amendment to the Traditional Neighborhood Design Overlay Ordinance involving the Village at Hendrix. The request from the Village includes changing the possibility of townhomes to a cluster of cottage homes in the area.