A once hotly-contested piece of property is set to be paved over. At Thursday night’s meeting, Fayetteville’s City Council approved the rezoning of a small parcel on Veterans Parkway that is now part of the Pinewood Forest development.
The .944 acres will be rezoned from its current OI (Office Institutional) to the PCD (Planned Community District) zoning of Pinewood Forest that surrounds it on all sides.
The land will become part of the parking lot for the planned Piedmont Wellness Center at Pinewood Forest. Eventually, it will be converted into a parking structure.
Bill Foley with Pinewood Forest noted that absorbing the plot into the surrounding community will aid with connectivity as it require one fewer curb cut from prior plans. He also promised that the parking lot and future structure will be architecturally treated and that much of the view of it will be covered by the landscape.
“It’s not going to look like a parking deck,” he said. “It’s going to be architecturally controlled, as in our development agreement, to make sure that what you see from the parkway is consistent with the entire property.”
The rezoning should be the last battle in an at times contentious battle over the future of the plot. In July 2015, the property was annexed into the City of Fayetteville and rezoned from R-70 (Single Family Residential) to PCD. When no complete development plan was approved by June 2016, the city voted to revert the zoning back to R-70.
Last summer the plot was the subject of heated debate as Jimmy Pace and Pace Real Estate and Development pushed forward with plans for a three-story, 13,664 square foot office building dubbed The Overlook on the land. At that time, two mobile homes were the only occupant of the land.
Pace sought to rezone it to the more flexible PCD zoning, reflecting all of the surrounding land owned by Pinewood, but he was faced with push back from Pinewood representatives.
Pace’s request for PCD was rejected, in part due to the number of variances it would have required, and it was instead rezoned to OI.
In January 2018, Pinewood Forest purchased the property.