JONESBORO — Final plans for a mixed-use subdivision that could reshape development of Jonesboro’s southwestern section will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Metropolitan Arae Planning Commission.
The 118-acre planned development known as Southern Hills Addition at 3506 Southwest Drive, will offer a mix of residential, professional and retail uses.
Southern Hills Real Estate LLC developers Carroll Caldwell, Prateek Gera and Matt Millerd plan to construct retail uses along Southwest Drive to Keller’s Chapel Road. Multifamily housing of various types would go between the retail sites and a single-family subdivision containing about 80 units backing up to the Twin Oaks subdivision off of South Culberhouse Street near Craighead Forest Park.
Caldwell, the managing partner for the development, told The Sun Friday the 118 acres will be divided into 14 separate lots for marketing purposes. Unlike most major developments, Caldwell said the infrastructure won’t be installed in phases, but all at once.
“I hope to have all streets, utilities, bike trails and sidewalks completed by July of this year,” Caldwell said. “I will start marketing in May. I do have a lot of prospects calling.”
Unrelated to Tuesday’s business, Caldwell said construction of a convenience store is expected to begin this spring at Southwest Drive and Keller’s Chapel Road.
At last report, The Arkansas Department of Transportation estimates more than 22,000 vehicles pass the property per day.
Also Tuesday, the commission will review a draft of a proposed ordinance that would introduce a new housing concept to Jonesboro – cottage housing development.
“A cottage housing development is an alternative type of detached housing providing small residences for households of typically one to two individuals without undergoing the subdivision process,” according to the draft proposal. “Cottage housing is provided as part of the City’s overall housing strategy, which intends to encourage affordability, innovation and variety in housing design and site development while ensuring compatibility with existing neighborhoods, and to promote a variety of housing choices to meet the needs of a population diverse in race, income, household composition and individual needs.”
Cottage homes would be built in clusters of four with a maximum of 12. The clusters would share common green space.
Other requests on the agenda:
Bayird Auto, 3000 E. Parker Road, request to pay $7,905 in lieu of sidewalk construction due to state right of way and utility restrictions.
Cheddars Casual Cafe, 2123 Red Wolf Blvd., request to pay $10,050 in lieu of sidewalk construction due to restrictions
City Water and Light, request for conditional use for a new sewer diversion structure at 413 Ridgecrest St.
C & O Enterprises for preliminary subdivision for The Landing @ Hudson, 22 single family lots on 6.38 acres at 3423 Hudson Drive, east of Old Greensboro Road.
The commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, attendance in the meeting room will be limited. Residents may view the proceedings on Suddenlink Cable Channel 24, or on two options on the city’s website, www.jonesboro.org.