Fayetteville Council eyes road, park agreement for 270-unit apartment complex

Map shows proposed new city park off Stonewall Avenue and next to the proposed new City Hall (not shown). Graphic/City of Fayetteville.
Map shows proposed new city park off Stonewall Avenue and next to the proposed new City Hall (not shown). Graphic/City of Fayetteville.

2 rezoning requests also on Nov. 7 agenda — 

The Fayetteville City Council on Nov. 7 will consider a memo of understanding (MOU) with Walton Communities for the construction and maintenance of the public streets, landscaping and park areas to be located in the Walton Fayetteville mixed-use development, adjacent to the south side of the new City Center Park property.

“In order to align with the city’s vision for downtown, it is imperative that the streets within (Walton Communities) development are part of the public domain and become a true extension of the downtown where people can walk, drive or ride within and throughout the development to other points of the city,” Downtown Development Director Brian Wismer said in an Oct. 25 letter.

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.

Wismer said in the spirit of public/private cooperation, the civil engineers designing the City Center Park and Walton Fayetteville have been working together to align these adjacent road networks to become part of the expanded downtown grid.

“In addition, the manicured greenspace and passive park areas on the site will become public amenities. These new roads and park areas proposed within Walton Fayetteville fall within the services and improvements listed in the City’s Capital Improvements Element (CIE), and therefore qualify for partial funding through the Impact Fee Program,” Wismer noted.

The council at the Nov. 7 meeting will also conduct the second public hearing and likely vote on a request to rezone two parcels totaling 2.2 acres along North Jeff Davis Drive for commercial and residential uses. The request was recommended for approval on Sept. 24 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

Applicant Danny England is seeking to rezone two adjacent parcels located at 370 and 402 N. Jeff Davis Drive. Tract No. 1 is currently zoned single-family (R-30), the parcel totals 1.75 acres, and the request is to rezone 0.52 acres to C-2 (community commercial) and 0.083 acres to DR-15 (two-family residential). The other request is to rezone the entire 0.45 acres of Tract No. 2 from R-30 to DR-15.

Also at the meeting, a rezoning proposal for a 48-lot age-targeted for 55 and older, single-family development on Whitney Street, located immediately north of the Summit Point retail center, is expected to be tabled.

Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners tabled the item, suggesting that the applicant speak with the City Council first, given that the request does not conform to the city’s Future Land Use Map.

The 13.6-acre property is situated between Ga. Highway 85 South and Bradley Drive, and immediately north of the Summit Point retail area. The plan calls for 3.5 units per acre and would include features such as gardens, a gazebo and street side planter boxes.

The request by Michael Stone and Associates would have the property rezoned from single-family residential to PUD (planned unit development) for 48 detached single-family, age-targeted homes with a 1,500 sq. ft. minimum with a price point beginning at $300,000.