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Updated: New stores revealed in Lewis Crossing Shopping Center site plans

City council to consider in-lieu payment for sidewalks, bike lanes

Posted: March 17, 2014 - 4:03pm
A site plan for the new Lewis Crossing shopping center will be reviewed by the Conway City Council during its meeting Tuesday night.
A site plan for the new Lewis Crossing shopping center will be reviewed by the Conway City Council during its meeting Tuesday night.

In a site plan prepared for a City of Conway meeting regarding sidewalks and bike lanes, several new stores have been revealed for Lewis Crossing Shopping Center, a redevelopment of the old sale barn site at the corner of Dave Ward Drive and Amity Road.

The site plan shows a strip mall containing a 62,000-SF Academy Sports, 25,000-SF Ross Dress For Less, 10,000-SF ULTA Beauty store, 23,400-SF Bed Bath & Beyond, 7,000-SF Versona Accessories and an unidentified 50,000-SF “Major Anchor A.”

A 12,500-SF Petco is also shown in the plan, located in an adjacent strip mall next to another unidentified “Major Anchor A” of 21,200-SF and 16,000-SF of unidentified “shops.”

The Sam’s Club that originally appeared on the developer’s website in a promotional flyer is located independently west of Academy Sports. The site plan says the “Sam’s Club Tract” consists of 14.63 acres and the building is 135,580 square feet.

Wright Architects, P.C. of Atlanta, Ga. designed the site plan for Lewis Crossing Developer Collett of Charlotte, N.C.

The site plan originally appeared on the agenda for the Conway city council meeting Tuesday night for a discussion and vote to consider a request from Collett to "pay in lieu fee in place of sidewalks and bike lanes." 

Essentially, instead of building sidewalks and bike lanes, Collett would pay $3 per linear foot to build sidewalks and bike lanes in a part of the city more likely to be utilized by pedestrians and bicyclists.  

In a letter written to Mayor Tab Townsell, Finley Vinson, traffic engineer for the City of Conway Street Department, said [the Conway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board’s] recommendation was to request an in-lieu payment from the developer rather than the construction of sidewalks and shared use paths on roadways adjacent to the development.

Todd Ake, chairman of the Conway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, said with the development being so far from residential development, it would be underutilized.  

“We see needs that are much more pressing,” he said. “It’s about prioritizing, but we didn't look at it as though you could never do this in the future.”

Erik Leamon, BPAB board member and owner of the ride at 2100 Meadowlake Rd, said he thinks all areas of our city should be accessible by bicycle.

“Just because it's off the interstate doesn't mean it's any less accessible by bicycle,” he said. “With the projects we have planned it's important we keep our streets complete.”

If the council approves the in-lieu payment, Vinson estimates, Collett would pay approximately $90,000 for 12-foot wide shared-use bike paths and $82,500 for 5-foot wide sidewalks.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/17/14 - 04:30 pm
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"Academy Sports"

I just high-fived myself

alipage72
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alipage72 03/17/14 - 05:15 pm
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Please

I know it's shallow, but I'm a girl , so I'm not even gonna apologize for this next question. Can somebody please just give us girls a Sephora???

That is all.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/17/14 - 09:54 pm
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I want you to know

It is taking every ounce of my self control to not respond with "Shhh, honey, the men are talking. Why don't you go whip us up some sandwiches?"

I didn't do it; let the jury make note of that.

Budnmud
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Budnmud 03/18/14 - 08:30 pm
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Igor

Dude - That was brutal...

BTW.. make mine a ham and Swiss on rye....

alipage72
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alipage72 03/18/14 - 09:17 am
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Logged In

Just to upvote you for that,lol.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 03/18/14 - 11:03 am
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What???

"In a letter written to Mayor Tab Townsell, Finley Vinson, traffic engineer for the City of Conway Street Department..."

We have a traffic engineer??? Is this person aware that it is physically impossible to drive through two consecutive green lights in this town?

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 03/19/14 - 09:37 am
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I have run Conway green

And done so more than once in my life. Certainly running Dave Ward green is not out-of-the-question.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 03/19/14 - 12:11 pm
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Igor

How about East Oak?

conwayville
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conwayville 03/19/14 - 06:28 pm
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We do

We do have a traffic engineer. Smart one too. Unfortunately I see that a lot of engineers have great ideas "on paper" but in the REAL WORLD, not so great. Can I do any better? Not on your life...which is one reason I have no place to complain about it. The other reason-I no longer live in Conway. I got out as fast as I could. Just got too "big".

Nice to see Academy and Sam's. Clothing stores, I really don't care about. Goodwill is plenty fine for me. Need about 100 more restaurants though.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 03/19/14 - 06:35 pm
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Yep

and another bank or two

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