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.