‘Gateway’ building downgraded to two stories

Tue, 09/04/2007 - 4:02pm
By: Ben Nelms

The gateway commercial project on Fayetteville’s west side is on the way, with a notable change.

A previously approved three-story bank and office building on 2.74 acres along Ga. Highway 54 West at the Stonewall/Lanier split was downgraded to two stories Aug. 28 by Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission at the builder’s request.

Citing economic reasons for the proposed change, McWhirter Realty Partners representative Josh Mudd sought to reduce the number of floors from three to two and to reduce the square footage from 39,000 square feet to 31,000.

Also approved was a reduction in the number of parking spaces from 155 to 122. Mudd said the reduction in the footprint would reduce the amount of asphalt and increase the amount of vegetation at the site.

Mudd said work on the project would begin in September.

Some on the commission said the reduction to two-stories might negate the gateway concept as motorists enter the downtown area from the west. Mudd assured commissioners that, as approved, the two-story brick office center would make a statement.

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