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Greenbrier Planning Commission approves Walmart Neighborhood Market

Posted: December 23, 2013 - 4:20pm
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The news about Greenbrier’s growth is finally out of the bag. A new Baptist Health Clinic and a new Walmart Neighborhood Market are coming next year. The Greenbrier Planning Commission unanimously approved both site plans at the December meeting.

Vice-President Todd Hart of Baptist Health in Little Rock requested Lot 1 of the Midtown Replat, owned by Bill and Cathy Tyler, be approved for its new modular building to be completed by August or September 2014.

This land is 1.25 acres north and adjacent to McDonald’s on Highway 65. The move for the Greenbrier Family Clinic has been in the planning stages for months and is finally happening. Both Drs. Bowman and Clifton will be moving the short distance from their temporary building, and a third Doctor, as yet unnamed, will join them. The Clinic already started their new hours, extended until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate many commuters. The new building will also accommodate a rehab center and eight employees.

Questions the Planning Commission members had were about irrigation, landscaping, signage and lighting. With the plans for the exact building not yet available, they will be answered at a future meeting.

Tom Berry presented plans for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market (similar to the one recently opened on Prince Street in Conway) located on 7.39 acres called Greenvalley Addition. This is located between Homebank of Arkansas and the Windstream warehouse building. There will be three access driveways, two from Highway 65 (Broadview Street) and one from Green Valley Drive across from the access road to Greenbrier School District’s driveway.

The new building will be 41,000 square feet with 32,000 square feet devoted to sales floor space and the rest to stocking and storage areas. One hundred sixty-eight parking spaces are planned. Health Department permits are in the works to tie into the Green Valley Drive water main, and drainage easements are being negotiated with the Windstream property owners.

The Commissioners prompted Walmart representative Berry to put curbs and gutters all around the project.

Commissioner Rowlett said, “Although this is not in our zoning requirements, the past two or three businesses that we approved, who moved into our town, did that and it makes a project look a lot better.”

Green spaces were addressed, and commissioners asked for more landscaping, including trees and bushes. They asked that lighting be shown better on the plans.

 

Mechanic denied

In other business, a special use permit requested by home-owner James Richards Sr. was reluctantly denied by the commission. Richards asked to run an auto mechanic business in a small shop behind his house doing brake and front end work on his five-acre property located at 11 Lieblong Rd.

He said, “I just want to make a small living doing the kind of mechanic work I’ve done all my life from my home instead of driving to Little Rock every day.”

His neighbors have not objected to his business; but his property is in a residential district zoned R-1. Commissioner Rowlett said, “R-1 does not allow this kind of operation. We cannot allow this and set a precedent for others. You can take your case to the next city council meeting or go for re-zoning of your land.”

Four Commissioners voted to deny his request, with Richard Snuggs voting for it and Johnny Cardin abstaining.

The Greenbrier Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building located on Wilson Farm Road.

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richweav
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richweav 12/24/13 - 12:17 pm
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pole barns , chain link fences, and triple wides

What? Greenbrier has a planning commission? From the looks of the metal buildings, chain link fences and broken down marquees sitting along Highway 65, I didn't think they cared what kind of building or structure you jacked up in town. This is the same city who erected a metal building behind two very nice dental practice buildings in the middle of "town".
The article also mentions that Drs. Bowman and Clifton will be moving into a new "modular" building next to McDonald's in front of the middle school. I sure hope the word "modular" is just a description for the method of building and doesn't indicate that it's going to be similar to their existing structure, a triple wide of sorts that is the leading candidate for the town eyesore.
Lord knows I'm as pro business and pro development as anyone, and I know this isn't Germantown, but I would love to see the city start tightening and improving ordinances so this place doesn't get any worse (looking) than it already is. It's a shame that such a wonderful little town with great schools and civic minding individuals like most I know can't help the image of the city by raising standards for construction here...and for heaven's sake, can we get rid of the puppy mill selling in front of Fred's?
rw

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357 12/26/13 - 09:34 am
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Bummer on Walmart

It was inevitable that Walmart eventually came to Greenbrier, but I live in Greenbrier because I don't want to live in a big city. When Walmart comes to any small town it generally kills off a lot of local businesses.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 12/26/13 - 10:29 am
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I see your point.

But it is a Neighborhood Market, not a Supercenter. The main focus will be groceries. A section of business one could argue was already disrupted when Harps came to town a few years back.

Tim R
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Tim R 01/02/14 - 01:01 pm
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Pole Barns

In response to rich weav the pole barns you are talking about are outside the city limits and thus not in the planning commissons jurisdiction. To my knowledge there has only been one building of this nature built in the city since the formation of the PC and that was before the building codes were adopted. As to the chain link fence's the ones along hwy 65 were there before the PC and thus were grandfathered in. But as far as that goes to me they look better than a wood privacy fence that isn't maintained. The modular building that the Dr's occupy now was approved as temporary and will be removed after the new building is built. The puppy mill is not different than the one in front of Wal-Mart in Conway on any given weekend. Nice to see that you've have traveled (germantown). This is a nice place even the waffle house doesn't look like a waffle house. Greenbrier will never be a Germantown, nor would I want it to be. The town has changed so much in the last 40+ years that some would not reconize it. And sir if you are one of the people moving here to enjoy the small town, then you also are some the same people that are taking away from its small town charm.

Free agent
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Free agent 01/05/14 - 01:00 am
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Looks like money talks

Who would've guessed that Walmart and Baptist would be approved while a mechanic on 5 acres would not? Maybe he just wasn't big enough to "grease the wheels" of the planning commission like the other two were. Kudos to B.J. Fox for actually reporting on the mechanic who was turned down.

richweav
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richweav 01/05/14 - 09:16 am
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Small town charm?

"Nice to see that you've have traveled (germantown). This is a nice place even the waffle house doesn't look like a waffle house. Greenbrier will never be a Germantown, nor would I want it to be. The town has changed so much in the last 40+ years that some would not reconize it. And sir if you are one of the people moving here to enjoy the small town, then you also are some the same people that are taking away from its small town charm."

Tim, evidently you have trouble reading or comprehending. I love Greenbrier and have lived there since '98. I do enjoy the "small town charm", and would rather live there than Conway for that very reason. That being said, it doesn't mean that my opinion doesn't count and that my thoughts are not without justification. You mentioned how many of the eyesores were "grandfathered in" but you never mentioned that tin can behind Dr. Swann's office that was erected not long ago to house city equipment. Was that grandfathered in as well?
Let me also point out one more thing. Your last sentence makes you sound provincial and ignorant. I am a homeowner and business owner who has put tens of thousands of dollars into the economy in Greenbrier and Faulkner County, and spent untold dollars in local businesses. I have also supported the community through various other channels as well. If that's what you call "taking away from it's small town charm", then I wonder what you would call "charm". I am curious also if you would say the same thing about the dozens of businesses who have located here thanks to the "gas boom". I happen to love every one of them. They make great neighbors, they spend money, and they have kept our home prices stable in a declining market. It seems that YOU may be the one who is taking away from the "small town charm" as you call it.

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