A convenience store proposal that escaped a recommendation from the Conway Planning Commission will be resubmitted with revisions.
Kum & Go is pulling its initial plans to build outside the University of Central Arkansas in order to resubmit with various changes.
Conway City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night to allow Kum & Go to pull its request for a C-3 permit and approach the commission within the year with another proposition.
Kum & Go owners want to build a gas station and convenience store at the corner of Dave Ward Drive and South Donaghey Avenue, just off University of Central Arkansas property. The company opted to withdraw its permit request after receiving a series of questions from commissioners and area residents.
"We are not abandoning this idea at all," said Frank Shaw, a Conway attorney who is representing the company. "We just want to come back and approach this in a different form."
With the C-3 permit, Kum & Go would have been able to seek permit approval without changing its proposal.
The company will now request a C-2 permit with conditional use, indicating that it is willing to work with UCA and surrounding residents to alter the store’s aesthetics of the store.
Aldermen did not seem willing to approve the C-3 permit since the Planning Commission voted 4-3 against it. But, several aldermen said they support the company’s plan to submit a revised permit request.
"I would like to see what they have to offer," Alderman Mark Vaught said. "It seems like they are willing to work on this."
In addition to the store’s aesthetics in proximity to the university, some city officials are worried about traffic problems along the Donaghey corridor. Commissioner Jeff Allender said at the commission meeting that the store’s proposed location is not a good fit.
"You have potential students who are using that street to enter into UCA, and I just think it is a poor welcome to the college," Allender said. "I also think that some may believe that college students would use this place with foot traffic, but I think they will drive there, which would create more traffic."
Shaw said the company would like to return to the commission soon, but he was not sure of a timetable.
"We want to address all the issues on the table," Shaw said. "We just need a little more time."
Alderman Shelley Mehl abstained from voting Tuesday night, citing a potential conflict of interest because she holds a position at UCA.