Kum & Go asking for second Conway location

A couple of months after gaining approval for a Kum & Go convenience store near the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, company officials are coming back with a proposal for a second location.

Kum & Go will ask for rezoning on the Southeast corner of Meadowlake Road and Donaghey Avenue in order to place another convenience store with a fuel station at the next Conway Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the District Court Building. The current zoning in the area is residential (R-1), and the proposal will be for neighborhood commercial (C-2). A conditional use permit will also be proposed in order to add the fuel pumps.

The first Kum & Go store took a few months to be approved by the Conway City Council. Following several public hearings, the last proposal for the convenience store passed 5-3 in July. Voting for the rezoning were Aldermen Andy Hawkins, David Grimes, Mark Vaught, Shelley Mehl and Mary Smith. Voting no were Aldermen Theo Jones, Jim Rhodes and Sheila Whitmore.

Among other conditions imposed at the location on Dave Ward were operation times at 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the prohibition of an outdoor sound system; an 8-foot high privacy fence on the north property line; and brick construction of “UCA blend from Acme Brick.”

The new site is asking for neighborhood commercial for 4.2 acres on an area that would set against the rear yards of existing homes on the south. The commission is receiving a staff recommendation from the Conway Planning Department for rezoning but only for part of the area “to allow transitional zoning to the south.”

Kum & Go is a “quick shop, small-scale retail sales and services, providing primarily convenience goods and services to adjoining neighborhoods.”

The Kum & Go request is one of 10 proposals set at the commission meeting Monday night.

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