The Springdale, Ark., City Council voted 5-3 this week in favor of changing the zoning on 3.56 acres along South Downum Road from residential to commercial. The move was hotly contested between council members but will enable property owner Terry Pinkley to pursue building a 57,000-square-foot self-storage facility. Pinkley intends to construct 10 buildings and could complete the project within a year, according to the source.
Pinkley told the council the facility would fit in with the surrounding community and provide tax revenue for the city. "I think, because of my distance from the other houses and because I live there myself, it's the right thing to do," he said. "I'm helping the tax base for the City of Springdale, and that's the bottom line."
The developer also noted there is enough local self-storage demand to support the facility. “[I'll be] drawing traffic from the subdivisions around me because the subdivisions need places to store their goods," Pinkley told the council.
"I think this is a big mistake," councilmember Eric Ford said during the meeting. "I think we showed everybody that our land-use policy doesn't mean anything." Councilor Kathy Jaycox called the rezoning a “huge disservice” to the city.
Mayor Doug Sprouse was supportive of adding self-storage to the area but cautious about setting a zoning precedent. "I'm not worried about what you're going to do,” he told Pinkley during the meeting, “I'm worried about the consequences of zoning commercial."
Several chicken houses will be torn down to make room for the self-storage development, according to the source.
- Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Springdale Council Rezones Residential Land to Commercial