Rezoning sought to build offices next to Pinewood Forrest project

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Developer Jimmy Pace. Photo/John Thompson.

Developer Jimmy Pace will return to the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission later this month after an initial presentation in May to construct an office building along Veterans Parkway adjacent to the large Pinewood Forrest development.

Planning commissioners on May 23 heard the initial presentation as a workshop item. As proposed for a rezoning from R-70 (residential) to PCD (planned community development), Pace said the property of less than an acre would be more appropriate if it carried the same zoning as Pinewood Forrest, which surrounds the .94-acre property to the north, east and south.

Conceptual plans call for the three-story building to total 21,420 sq. ft., with a footprint of just over 7,000 sq. ft.

The property is located near the intersection of Veterans Parkway and Sandy Creek Road. Pace noted that, given the surrounding Pinewood Forrest development, the property would be inappropriate for residential development. PCD zoning requires at least five acres.

Several commissioners said they like the look of the building, with some questioning if there would be enough space for the building, required parking and appropriate greenspace.

The proposal calls for a structural steel and brick building, with windows to replicate an early 1900-era industrial warehouse converted to Class A office space.

The building’s name stems from the upper balcony amenity meant to provide an outdoor feature to the office building. The plan also calls for a cart path to be located along the front of the property.

If approved later this month, Pace said the project would get underway immediately with an 8-12-month completion date.