People gathered in the conference room at the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night to take a look at site plans for the proposed redevelopment of Conway’s former municipal airport site — Central Landing.
Central Landing developers Jim Wilson & Associates were in town to answer questions and hear concerns at a public information meeting as part of the Planned Unit Development process.
Before Tuesday’s public meeting, the developers took part in a meeting with city departments such as fire, police, Conway Corporation and sanitation to make sure Central Landing meets the necessary requirements.
“We’re excited that this process is still moving, and we’re working hard to make this a reality,” said Will Wilson, president of Jim Wilson & Associates, who is responsible for the activities of JWA development and investment projects including locations, evaluation, site acquisitions, expansion planning and new projects.
Tuesday night’s public information meeting allowed neighbors and members of the community to ask questions and voice concerns about how the development will affect their property or community.
Denise Gunter-Meux, who lives at the corner of E. 6th Street and 8th Avenue, said Central Landing is progress, but she’s disappointed Conway has to get so big.
“This is taking it to a new level,” she said.
When Gunter-Meux bought her home it was located directly across the street from the airport. She said she liked the location because it was close to downtown, but felt like she was out in the country with Dennis F Cantrell Field across the street.
If the bond issue is approved in a special election on Sept. 9, Gunter-Meux’s property will run along a four lane, median divided street with yet to be determined development across the street.
A land use map at Tuesday night’s meeting showed that the outparcel across from Gunter-Meux’s house is zoned to support either commercial/retail or office.
“I’ll be looking to rezone my property and sell it to a gas station or something,” she said.
Other outparcels have been dedicated to support a mix of multifamily/residential, single-family/residential and institutional as well as commercial/retail and office.
Rik Sowell of Sowell Architects, Inc. said as a local architect he is really excited about further development coming to the city.
Elizabeth Hamilton, intern architect at Sowell Architects, Inc., said the rate of Conway’s growth over the past 15 years has been impressive with the construction of Conway Commons and now the potential airport redevelopment Central Landing.
Terry Kimbrow, president of Central Baptist College, said the development in recent years has already decreased his trips to Little Rock.
“This should seal the deal,” he said.
Jim Wilson & Associates are requesting to rezone the former aiport site to a PUD at the Aug. 18 Planning Commission meeting.
City Council would likely consider the request and make a final decision in their meeting on Aug. 26.