Planning and Zoning Commission approves part of Walton Communities mixed-use development —
The process that will lead to initial construction of the Walton Communities mixed-use development came with the Oct. 22 approval of the conceptual site plan by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.
The unanimous approval included the apartment and retail area of the development, but not the section east of Beauregard Boulevard or the area near the intersection of Beauregard and Grady Avenue which is expected to include single-family homes.
Representing Walton Communities, David Knight noted that the residential and retail portion of the project, which is adjacent to the upcoming City Hall and City Center Park project, will include seven 3- and 4-story buildings. Those buildings will accommodate 270 apartments and 18,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail and office space.
An internal public and private road network will interconnect the development with Beauregard Boulevard and Ga. Highway 85 to the east and to the City Hall and City Center Park project to the north. A future road will extend to the west and interconnect the Walton and City Hall tracts to the undeveloped property to the west and ultimately to Grady Avenue and/or Ga. Highway 54, city planning staff said.
City staff said parking for residents and visitors would be provided in large parking lots located behind and between the buildings. On-street parking would also be provided for residents, guests and patrons of the retail and office uses.
The varied architectural design of the buildings and the exterior building materials will complement the City Hall complex and assist in extending the historic feel of the downtown district. The development will provide internal paths, sidewalks and park areas and interconnect with the city’s evolving path system to the north, east and south, according to the concept plan.
City staff noted that the buildings have been presented to, and received a favorable recommendation from, the city’s Arts and Architectural Advisory Committee.
The rezoning for the project was approved unanimously by the City Council in February.