F’ville considers Mainstreet Center

Tue, 04/03/2007 - 4:21pm
By: Ben Nelms

A conversation will begin April 10 on what is being called the Mainstreet Office Center, a proposal that would locate a three-story, 39,000 square-foot bank and office/medical building on 2.74 acres in Fayetteville’s downtown historic district in the triangle where Ga. Highway 54 West splits into Stonewall Avenue and Lanier Avenue. A vacant house now sits on the site.

Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners at the April 10 work session will take a look at the project’s development plans and hear a variance request related to parking.

The plan first surfaced informally at a January commission meeting. At that time Smyrna-based McWhirter Realty Partners representative Josh Mudd provided a general overview of the proposal that sits on the highly visible triangle of land where eastbound traffic enters the city.

Mudd said the proposal calls for constructing a three-story office building with the first floor exterior in cast stone and the second and third floors in brick. The building would be situated near the mid-point of the 2.74-acre tract.

That area, Mudd said, is the highest point of elevation on the property. Mudd said the combination of grading and buffer material would visibly reduce the roadway view of the parking areas, especially on the building’s west side as motorists approach the downtown historic district.

The variance request would have the number of parking spaces reduced from the standard 195 spaces required for a 39,000 square-foot building to 155 spaces.

The site was rezoned in September from RMS-15 (Residential Multi-family) to C-1 (Downtown Commercial). During the rezoning process planning and zoning commissioners and the city council were insistent that, whatever the project, it would be of great significance and receive much scrutiny due to its location at the gateway to the downtown historic district on Fayetteville’s west side.

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