Bentonville commission OKs plans for mixed-use development

BENTONVILLE -- The first phase of a mixed-use business development in the southwest corner of the city will soon get underway as plans were approved by planning commissioners Tuesday.

The commission approved 5-0 the development for BOS Park at Greenhouse Road and Southwest Airport Regional Boulevard. Commissioners Scott Eccleston and Rod Sanders were absent.

Commission Action

Bentonville’s Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved:

• Lot split at 608 S.W. B St.

• Lot split at 603 N.W. D St.

• Rezoning 202 S.E. 7th St. from single family residential to downtown edge.

• Preliminary plat at 305 S.W. C St.

• Preliminary plat for The Meadows Subdivision on Woods Creek Road.

Source: Staff Report

BOS Park is part of the project for which 12.26 acres was rezoned to a planned unit development for in January. The site is on the north side of Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard between Greenhouse and Morning Star roads.

Phase one will be built on 8 acres, according to meeting documents. It will include one, 10,160-square-foot retail and office unit, seven climate-controlled storage units, two covered recreational vehicle parking units and six non-climate controlled storage units.

The square footage for phase one is 87,982 feet. Plans show 51,352 square feet of climate-controlled storage units, 14,850 square feet of RV parking space and 11,620 square feet of non-climate controlled storage space. There will be 79 parking spaces.

The mixed-use development will be constructed in such a way as to not look like a typical mini storage facility, Jorge DuQuesne, engineering manager with Blew & Associates, said. The buildings along street frontages will have decorative features.

Pattern and textured stucco, brick veneer and board and batten cement siding will be used, according to meeting documents.

"It should look quite nice once it's done," DuQuesne said.

DuQuesne said he wasn't sure of the construction time frame for the project. Its second phase will include similar features and will also connect the site to Morning Star Road, he said.

The project fits into the city's ongoing effort to bring retail and other service-type businesses to the growing southwest corner of the city, Troy Galloway, economic and community development director, said after the meeting.

"It helps the municipality from a traffic standpoint because it allows shorter trips in much closer proximity to where people live and gain access to services," he said.

Galloway said he's expecting a couple more similar development projects to occur along Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard.

Mayor Bob McCaslin presented James Stanley with a certificate and plaque for his 20 years of service on the commission and a reception was held after the meeting.

"You'd have to have a love for it, or you wouldn't do it," McCaslin said.

Former alderman Jim Grider will fill Stanley's seat starting in July.

NW News on 06/17/2015