Plans move ahead for 234-unit townhome development in Lowell

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER 12-22-08
the new Lowell City Hall
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER 12-22-08 the new Lowell City Hall


LOWELL -- The Planning Commission approved plans for a 234-unit housing development on Monday.

The Parkside Townhomes will be located at Zion Church Avenue on land that is currently vacant. The development falls under urban neighborhood zoning, which is what the proposed 23-acre lot is currently zoned as. The majority of the surrounding land is zoned for commercial use.

The project includes a total of 39 townhome buildings, a clubhouse for residents and a pool. Development plans show each building being two stories and each unit having a designated garage.

All units will be available for individual ownership, Crafton Tull's Courtney Austin said.

The project plan was approved as presented.

On the planning staff's report of this development, the Public Works Department noted that a left turning lane will need to be added on Zion Church Avenue at its intersection with North Goad Springs Road once the project has been completed. The report states that adding the turn lane will help with the increased traffic the townhome project will create at the intersection and increase resident safety.

The townhomes will not add to the drainage concerns in that area of the city near South Goad Springs Road, Assistant City Engineer Robbie Bullis said. Bullis said those concerns are being addressed in the Razorback Greenway extension project.

Design plans for the Razorback Greenway project are about 30% complete, Bullis said.

The Lowell City Council supported using grant funding from the Walton Family Foundation for the trail project at its meeting Nov. 14. The funding went to the design of a below-grade crossing and trail extension along Goad Springs Road.

As the demand for more routes has grown, municipalities have started constructing their own spurs connecting communities and areas throughout the region back to the original Greenway system.

Work and additions to the trail are common. According to the trail's website, municipalities have been constructing their own spurs connecting communities throughout the region back to the original Greenway system.


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