FAYETTEVILLE – A long-standing commercial printing company is slated to become an office and warehouse after the planning committee approved development plans on Monday.
Commissioners voted 9-0 to approve plans for a 99,000-square-foot warehouse and 36,976-square-foot office and showroom on approximately 34 acres on the west side of School Avenue near the Greenland border. The warehouse is located in the building built in the late 1950s. According to the city, the separate office and showroom are planned to have two floors. Additional parking spaces and a detention pond are also planned.
The property was owned by Standard Register Co. until 2015 when Hannas Candle Company bought it for just over $ 2 million, according to Washington County. The information package from the city calls the plan Hanna’s expansion.
Hannas Candle and Candlemart.com is currently located on S. Armstrong Ave. 2700 active. The company makes scented candles and room fragrance products, according to its website.
A representative from Jorgensen & Associates, the engineering firm behind the project, did not speak about the intended use of the property during the meeting. Employees at the nearby Fayetteville Municipal Airport requested that lighting be installed at the site in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines agreed by the engineers.
The office and showroom must meet the city’s design standards for commercial buildings, said Ryan Umberger, city planner. The warehouse is not being used because of its industrial use, he said.
The area was incorporated into the city in 1961. According to the city, the storage building has been expanded over the years.
The city will require developers to build an 8-foot sidewalk with 10 feet of green space along the front of the property. For a future trail connection to Greenland, a 40 foot wide trail relief must also be provided over an existing utility relief along the west property line. Four street lights are required.
In other business areas, the commissioners voted 5: 4 to forward a single lot on the southeast corner of Sang Avenue and Ora Drive with a recommendation for approval to the city council. The property is southwest of Wedington Drive and Lewis Avenue.
Brock Posey of Southern Brothers Construction said the plan is to build three single-family homes overlooking Sang Avenue with a shared drive from Ora Drive. The builders submitted an insurance contract in which the rededication limited the construction to three single-family houses.
The reallocation changes the property from a residential zone with up to four units per acre to a residential zone with up to seven units per acre. A handful of local residents opposed the request, saying they could initiate requests for higher density zones for the rest of the neighborhood. The meeting took place online on Zoom.
Commissioners who supported the rededication said it would allow developers to style the homes to protect the trees on the site, in a more sensible pattern. A division of the plots to have houses with a view of Sang Avenue behind with a shared driveway is not accessible under the current zoning, they said.
Opponents said they were concerned about the compatibility of the new structures with the existing houses in the neighborhood.
In addition, the commissioners voted 9-0 to amend the development plan for South Yard, a mixed-use project planned for the former Farmers Co-op on the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South School Avenue. The changes had to do with the location of a proposed hotel on site after Specialized Real Estate Group’s developers encountered large underground silos that could not be built on, said Jonathan Curth, manager of development services.
In addition to the hotel, the project includes apartments, retail and restaurant space, and an elevator tower that resembles a silo.
Ryan Evitts of CEI Engineering said the development team hope to maintain and restore a historic trestle bridge on site across Tanglewood Branch.
Traffic will pass the former Standard Register Co. building on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3655 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville. There are plans to convert the building into a 99,000 square foot warehouse with a nearly 40,000 square foot office and showroom. For a photo gallery, visit nwaonline.com/210223Daily/ and nwadg.com/photos. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / David Gottschalk)
Action by the Commission
The Fayetteville Planning Commission met Monday and approved:
• • Deviations from city code for repurposing a historic home near Hill Avenue and Center Street as an Art Ventures gallery. The deviations had to do with the requirements for the driveway and landscaping.
• • Re-zoning of a single lot on Huntsville Road and Barton Avenue to accommodate higher residential density.