BY DREW TERRY, Northwest Arkansas Times
Revitalizing south Fayetteville lately has been an oftrepeated phrase.
Intentions recently have become actuality, with the University of Arkansas Innovation Center, the Mill District and The Crowne at Razorback apartments being completed and intentions being made for a luxury hotel near the Randal Tyson Track Center and another one within a short drive.
Another addition to the tobe-seen list is Aspen Ridge, a proposed planned zoning district southwest of Sixth Street and Hill Avenue.
Matt Crafton, chief operating officer of Crafton, Tull and Associates, submitted the proposal on behalf of Town Creek Construction & Development for the multi-use development. "The developers have gone in, purchased the land, cleaned it up and are ready to turn it into a nice development for the city of Fayetteville," Crafton said.
The development team spent nearly two years acquiring property in the area. They closed on the first piece of land in February 2003 and the last piece this month, creating a lot stretching roughly from Sixth Street south to 11 th Street and from Hill Avenue west to the Burlington-Northern railroad.
The land formerly held 49 mobile homes and six houses, all of which could be replaced by 220 townhomes and water features.
Bloodgood Sharp Buster architects and planners near Chicago will handle architectural aspects of the project, which was inspired by the Brownstone residential look in Chicago.
The townhomes’ exterior will be made of brick, and the multi-level residences will feature rear-entrance garages and porches facing either the street, greenspace or water. The developers plan to sell all 220 units.
Future additions on the 28 acres could include retail and office spaces.
The developers are seeking a planned zoning district because of the winding streets, water feature additions and grand entrances planned for Sixth Street, Hill Avenue and 11 th Street and possibly 12 th Street. "We have met many times with the city planning staff and city parks staff in preparation to get to this point," Crafton said.