Commission recommends approval of WCSD request

The Pine Bluff Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from the Watson Chapel School District to close several undeveloped street and alley portions to facilitate construction of a new Edgewood Elementary School. The district’s request will be forwarded to the city council with a do-pass recommendation.

The district acquired two tracts of land for the purpose. The first tract consists of seven acres and had been platted as a residential subdivision. The tract includes the west 30 feet of Oleander Street and a 40-foot right-of-way for West 33rd Avenue lying between Apple Street on the west and Oleander on the east.

Neither of the streets has been constructed. The tract also includes two platted alleys running east-west at the approximate location of the intersections of Apple Street with Union and Garland Avenues.

The second tract contains just over nine acres. The requested right-of-way vacation would be for the also-undeveloped eastern 30 foot right-of-way of Oleander.

In other business, the commission unanimously approved:

• A use permitted on review request for 28th Street Church of Christ’s construction of a church building seating approximately 200 people, and a parsonage at 4341 Camden Road, with a condition that the facilities are to be constructed within a 12-month period;

• A URP for David Bradford’s operation of a recording studio in a strip shopping center on the west side of the 1600 block of Brentwood Drive, with a condition that neighboring businesses are not disturbed by music made at the studio; and

• A request from Covenant Recovery to have an alley in block 1 of the Rowell’s Addition (south of Pullen Street and north of Martha Mitchell Expressway, east of Sycamore Street and west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks) abandoned in conjunction with a replat to combine five lots into three, subject to the city retaining utility easement.

In a 7-1 vote with Commissioner Steve Huselton casting the lone nay, the panel approved a UPR from Lisa Turner for a child care facility at 400 West 37th Avenue, which is within a multifamily residential zone;