Appeal for 'Clubhouse' denied by Conway council

CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - After nearly three hours of discussion, the Conway City Council denied an appeal by business owners to amend a planned unit development that would house an indoor playground for children. The amendment was already denied by the Conway Planning Commission in December.

Following the vote, council members urged the applicants and the neighborhood representatives to continue to work together on a compromise.

The emotional pleas on both sides of the argument lasted until 9:30 p.m. with the opposition coming from members of the Scherman Heights and Windcrest subdivisions. Many in opposition were worried about the increased traffic, increased noise and decreased property values if "The Clubhouse" were allowed to be placed in the Scherman Heights PUD lot.

The council denied the request 6-2 with Aldermen Andy Hawkins and Wesley Pruitt voting against the denial. Pruitt said he thought the fact that city could place a similar business in the same spot but a private entity needed an amendment was damaging to small businesses.

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