ROGERS – A “lifestyle storage” facility and hangout for hobbyists took its first step Tuesday to open on the east side of town.
At a meeting Tuesday evening, the Planning Commission unanimously approved an application by Garage Suites of Arkansas LLC for a conditional vehicle storage use permit at 5911 W. Venture Park Blvd. in the highway industrial area.
Development plans include 38 covered “Garage Suite” units for hobbyists to store cars, recreational vehicles and equipment such as bikes, boats, RVs, ATVs and kayaks.
An associated clubhouse will provide a social aspect, allowing owners to share what they love, in addition to providing a common space for owners to host parties and gatherings, said Chad Caletka of CEI Engineering Associates.
“There would be utility connections where a toilet or small kitchen area could be built into the units,” Caletka said. “The intention is that this is really for hobbyists as a meeting point.”
The units will be for sale in a condominium style, owners have 24-hour access and commercial use is prohibited, he said.
Before construction of the facility can begin, a large-scale development plan must be approved.
If approved, the development would be located on 2.51 acres south of Walmart Neighborhood Market near Ramen Nara and north of the Parc at Rogers gated community.
Elsewhere, plans for a two-story restaurant and office space just east of Pinnacle Hills Promenade have also been approved by the commission.
The commissioners voted 9-0 to approve a large-scale development plan for the 29,710 square foot Bellview Urban Center on 1.2 acres at 2223 S. Bellview Road.
The development will be south of Fox Trail Distillery and east of Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema and Dave & Busters.
Bellview Urban Center also owns the 14-acre lot immediately south of the proposed development, currently occupied by landscape architect Blue Ribbon Industries, marketing agency Paradox and Rendezvous Junction Brewing Co.
The city has accepted a $67,750 fee for tree maintenance, according to a report by city officials.
The Commission unanimously voted to propose a rededication of 29.45 acres at the northwest corner of Northgate Road and Champions Drive for a proposed mixed-use development called The Fields at Pinnacle.
The commission also unanimously approved a preliminary plan for an 86-property subdivision covering 19.3 acres in southwest Rogers.
The development, named Meadow Brooke Phase I, will be located in the residential part of the neighborhood at the southwest corner of the intersection of South Chanberry Lane and South Bellview.
According to the plans, the project will have a second phase.
One resident stood up and asked to speak at the meeting against the preliminary charges, citing drainage problems at his property nearby.
Commissioners told him there was no public hearing and the meeting had been adjourned.