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Appeal for 'Clubhouse' denied by council

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 12:45pm

After nearly three hours of discussion, the Conway City Council denied an appeal by business owners to amend a planned unit development that would house an indoor playground for children. The amendment was already denied by the Conway Planning Commission in December.

Following the vote, council members urged the applicants and the neighborhood representatives to continue to work together on a compromise.

The emotional pleas on both sides of the argument lasted until 9:30 p.m. with the opposition coming from members of the Scherman Heights and Windcrest subdivisions. Many in opposition were worried about the increased traffic, increased noise and decreased property values if “The Clubhouse” were allowed to be placed in the Scherman Heights PUD lot.

The council denied the request 6-2 with Aldermen Andy Hawkins and Wesley Pruitt voting against the denial. Pruitt said he thought the fact that city could place a similar business in the same spot but a private entity needed an amendment was damaging to small businesses.

Owners of Pediatrics Plus chose The Clubhouse to be a Private Commercial Amusement Facility, and after checking with the Conway Planning Department, they realized that they needed to ask for an amendment to the current PUD.

The Clubhouse is described as an indoor playground, which would have been started by the owners of Pediatrics Plus, a center for developmentally disabled children. The location of The Clubhouse would have been next to Pediatrics Plus on Lot 7D. Owner David Tapp cited the need for this area next to Pediatrics Plus for a number of reasons including access for therapists and their clients from one business to the other, the ability to lease a space with high ceilings and the ability to bring a different type of facility to Central Arkansas.

“I appreciate the concerns of those homeowners, but I think there has been a build up of fear of certain things that is just not going to occur,” said Pediatrics plus owner Todd Denton. “We’re not bad business owners, and we have no intent of being bad neighbors.”

Conway Mayor Tab Townsell pointed out at the beginning of the discussion that nearly everyone agreed that The Clubhouse was a great idea. He said that the question in front of the council was about the location of the facility. That did not stop supporters and opposition from speaking from the heart about family issues such as the needs of disabled children and the intrusion of businesses into residential areas.

Some on the council voiced concern over the lack of details such as operating times and the number of employees. Larry Taylor, who spoke in opposition to the amendment, said he had heard different answers during different meetings. “We are trying to retain the quality of our lives,”  he said.

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i_wonder
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i_wonder 01/09/13 - 12:54 pm
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nice
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Conway's support of disabled children is on display in council meetings.

Come on Conway, be PROGRESSIVE.

What is with this 1950's attitude of ignoring disabled children?

BuzzBy
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BuzzBy 01/09/13 - 01:13 pm
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Our Council is SOOOOO Stupid
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Let me see
Wal-Mart and all of it's increased traffic is GOOD if:
You put a facade on it to match the one in Rogers and have it close by midnight.

But an indoor playground will generate will:
Have increased traffic, increased noise and decreased property values if "The Clubhouse" were allowed to be placed in the Scherman Heights PUD lot.

I suggest the the "Clubhouse" agree to put up a brick facade and not stay open after midnight and then it should be a SLAMDUNK!!!!

OHH OHHH OHHHH
And get a special zone for your frontage property "ONLY" if Chick-fil-a will build and open on it and NO ONE else.

Zheking
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Zheking 01/09/13 - 03:10 pm
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Scherman Heights Residents

Are nothing but old people who don't mow their own yards or go outside... The Clubhouse for children and disabled children will lower their property values but Pizza Hut, Tropical Smoothy, and all the other business don't?? Not to mention the HUGE empty lot that is nothing but weeds, brush, minimal grass, and mud??

schultheis
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schultheis 01/09/13 - 03:16 pm
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Maybe if they had agreed to

Maybe if they had agreed to serve alcohol they would have got a permit.

dallascowboyzrock
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dallascowboyzrock 01/09/13 - 07:03 pm
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C'mon

C'mon you party pooper Conway City Council members....give the children their clubhouse!!!

BigDaddyD
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BigDaddyD 01/09/13 - 07:22 pm
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Tax Townspend, his Merry Yes Men, Scherman Heights and Windcrest

Really?
You voted down an indoor playground for disabled and challenged children?
I bet you feel proud of yourself today.

Really?
And you too Scherman Heights and Windcrest? Are you afraid someone
might close a few car doors at 9:00pm?

Are you afraid someone might block the red glow from the Walgreen's sign or the Golden Arches soft light?

Are you concerned about how people speed down your streets to avoid that mess of an intersection at College and Salem or Collge and Country Club?

If you are really worried about your property values look at what you got now and then look south across College. There's your trouble.

Zheking
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Zheking 01/10/13 - 11:54 am
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Personally, I love the smell

Personally, I love the smell of Pizza Hut at 11:30 P.M. when I'm trying to sleep... Dang Guess I shoulda moved to Scherman Heights.

richweav
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richweav 01/09/13 - 09:10 pm
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What a joke!

I LOVE the fact that these people who live in these crumbling dinosaurs in Sherman Heights (correct spelling, not Eurotrash spelling) and near starter homes in Windcrest try to maintain their imagined status by loudly proclaiming their concern for property values. Why don't you people grab some mortar, a paint bucket and gas up your weed eaters if you want to improve property values. Jus' sayin'.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 01/10/13 - 09:14 am
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'...near starter homes in

'...near starter homes in Windcrest try to maintain their imagined status"

YEAH! Dang you "starter homes" -- y'all are lucky US McMansions of Conway let you exist.

"What A Snob" for wanting 'everyone in America to own a McMansion' -- Rick Santorum or maybe not?

What's next...we don't want trailer homes in 'McConwayville?'

Red Bull
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Red Bull 01/10/13 - 09:35 am
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Larry Taylor

“We are trying to retain the quality of our lives,” What a jerk!
Pediatrics Plus is trying to improve the quality of life for developmentally disabled children.

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