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City pursues land swap for parking

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

The Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen have voted to establish a committee that’ll work out details of a land swap agreement which would ultimately give the city an additional parking lot just off the square.

Once the details are ironed out, the agreement would be returned to the board for approval, but according to tentative plans, the city would swap its public parking lot on North Elk Avenue with a lot formerly occupied by Yearwood Implement and Phillips Office Supply across from Higgins Funeral Home on East Market.

The East Market lot, co-owned by Charles Gleghorn and Wayne Damron, would be used by the city for additional public parking. According to discussion during a work session held prior to the City Board’s regular December meeting, Gleghorn and Damron would donate the lot to the city, in exchange for the city donating its North Elk Avenue lot to the First United Methodist Church of Fayetteville, contingent on an agreement being worked out allowing use of the lot for public parking when it’s not being used by the church.

The committee will consist of City Mayor John Ed Underwood, City Administrator Jim Lee and City Attorney John Hill Jr.

In other business during the board’s December meeting, officials approved the rezoning of properties on Hedgemont, North Main, and East College. Public hearings held just prior to the meeting showed no opposition to the rezonings. Support, however, was voiced for rezoning the North Main and East College properties.

Both properties on North Main and East College had been rezoned from residential to commercial status in 1998, with the thought being that those properties would be developed for commercial use eventually. However, both properties have continued to be used residentially. Consequently, the board rezoned those from commercial to residential status.

Additionally, the Hedgemont property was rezoned from residential to commercial use with the board’s vote.

Additionally, the board approved an ordinance replacing Title 18 in the city’s water and sewer code. The new ordinance clarifies new procedures for sewer disposal, sewer regulations, cross connections, auxiliary intakes, etc., bringing it compliance with current state standards.

In discussing during the meeting, officials noted that the Fayetteville Regional Planning Commission’s December meeting has been pushed back from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. The change accommodates a request pertaining to an expansion of Franke Contract Group.