A proposed apartment complex on Grady Avenue in Fayetteville drew enough criticism from residents that the developer has gone back to the drawing board in hopes of producing a plan that the city will approve.
Knotty Pines, LLC, has been seeking a rezoning of its 38-acre property from MO (Medical Office) to PCD (Planned Community District) to allow for the development of Stella Place, which was to include 276 apartment units, 29 townhomes, and 43 detached cottages.
Knotty Pines representative Spurgeon Richardson assured the council that the development would be of "a very high quality," and would attract "young professionals." A number of Grady Ave. residents at the meeting spoke out against it, citing concerns of traffic, increased crime, and a density level that was too high for an area that currently has mostly single homes and small subdivisions.
Many of the lawns on Grady Ave. are currently sporting signs that read "Stop Grady Ave. Apartments."
Given the resistance, Knotty Pines opted to retool the plan and asked that the council send the matter back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The city's Director of Community Development Brian Wismer wrote in a memo to council: "After receiving additional input and direction from Mayor and Council, the applicant has begun efforts to significantly reconfigure the site plan. As we anticipate that the revised site plan will be substantially different from what was originally reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Commission, it will be necessary for that board to review and make an appropriate recommendation to Council."