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Public invited to proposed apartment complex meeting at Simon Middle

Posted: June 11, 2014 - 4:30pm

A public information meeting will be held Thursday night regarding a proposed apartment complex that would be located about 300 feet from Simon Middle School, said Bryan Patrick, director of planning and development for the City of Conway.

Terry Burruss/MR Capital, an architect at 11912 Kanis Road, Ste F-8, Little Rock, is requesting to rezone 7.48 acres on Bill Lucy Drive to a PUD or planned unit development.

Burruss plans to build a two-story apartment complex with about ten buildings consisting of 144 units or 20 units per acre. The site is adjacent from Simon Middle School and surrounded by several houses.

In a projected traffic impact evaluation, Patrick said under current Single Family Residential zoning, 280 vehicle trips could be expected per day. With a rezoning to PUD and developed with 144 apartment units, about 1,000 vehicle trips each day could be expected.

Patrick said since a multifamily project could be contentious, the developer is seeking PUD zoning so conditions can be placed on the property to make it more appropriate for the neighborhood.

The planning department has suggested several conditions for the Planning Commission to consider in their meeting on Monday, June 16.

Conditions include 51 percent masonry on all four sides of the proposed structures, a maximum of 144 units, height limit of two stories and a platting requirement with additional road right of way dedicated along Bill Lucy Drive as part of the plat.

Part of the PUD process requires the developer to hold a public meeting, so area residents have the opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and air any grievances, Patrick said.

“The meeting will be an opportunity for people who live in the area to come maybe not in favor, and not necessarily against it, but to learn what it’s all about,” he said.

Patrick said the architect working on the project as well as the real estate agent who sold the property will be at the Simon Middle School cafeteria Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions and address concerns from area residents.

A representative from the City of Conway Planning and Development Department will also be on hand to answer questions.

(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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