Indoor soccer complex takes victory with Springdale Planning Commission
SPRINGDALE – Northwestern Arkansas football players will soon have a new way to score.
The planning commission on Tuesday night approved a large-scale development design for Premiere Sports Center, an indoor football field on Old Missouri Road, just north of its intersection with East Robinson Avenue.
But a project for an industrial warehouse complex approved unanimously by the commission for the intersection of Dixieland Road and West Apple Blossom Avenue has not left its mark with neighboring owners.
The soccer center will include two soccer fields, meeting the requirements of adult leagues.
Andy Chen, owner of the future complex, plans a 45,000 square foot building on 4.9 acres.
A participant in adult soccer in Springdale, Chen started the project because he knew that adult indoor courts were needed in Springdale. The town’s recreation center includes the only other indoor soccer fields in town, but these are aimed at youth leagues.
Chen said he is planning a 130-team league and 70 games a week at the football complex. The pitches could also be adapted for football and youth development on weekends, he said.
Patsy Christie, director of the city’s planning department, noted that her staff and engineers at Harrison French and Associates had worked for a while to make sure the building would work for everyone. The project was filed in October when too many pieces remained unresolved.
Parking was a major concern in the building’s design, said Rick McGraw of French and Associates, with 214 parking spaces required for the expected capacity of the football center.
Chen bought an adjacent property to build a larger parking lot on the northeast side of the building.
“We’re hoping parking becomes a problem,” said Christie, which means she’s hoping the center will be successful. âThis project really meets a need in Springdale.
But the prefabricated metal building that Chen planned did not meet the city’s building design standards. Project architect Lori Filbeck of French and Associates added different colors, sizes and alignments of metallic materials to add interest and vary the facade of the building. The commission also granted exemptions from several design standards.
Meanwhile, the warehouse development for neighbors on Dixieland Road would include two 100,000 square foot freight terminals as well as two retention basins on the west side of the complex. The warehouses will be approximately 410 feet from the back of the Walden Street residences, reported Mattie Crossland, director of Crossland Properties, owner of the development.
Zoned commercial areas line the streets around the warehouses.
Neighbors have spoken out against industrial development every time the project has been submitted to the town planning commission or city council.
Concerns appear to be focused on road construction in the area, just south of the city limits of Lowell. The Town of Lowell recently completed an extension from Dixieland Road south to Springdale.
Springdale will soon begin construction of the road further south to Wagon Wheel Road, Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse told neighbors at the meeting. Completion is scheduled for spring 2023.
Dave Gilbert, who lives in Walden, spoke on Tuesday about the current state of Apple Blossom Road and Graham Road, both of which are rutted and starting to crack under the weight of construction traffic for road extensions and d ‘other industrial developments in the region.
The warehouse center will only use the enhanced Dixieland to access the site. But heavy trucks now use both Apple Blossom and Graham, he said.
Mary Reddish, who lives on Apple Blossom, was concerned about the drainage. She said recent construction at the warehouse site and others nearby have diverted drainage from the land. It used to flow into Puppy Creek and now flood its backyard and basement.
The land after the project is built cannot release more stormwater than it does today, Christie said. The warehouse project will include two retention basins – one aligned north and south and the other east to west.
Crossland said the developer’s plans call for the warehouses to be completed around the same time as the Dixieland Road project. Sprouse noted that developers would not receive a certificate of occupancy until Dixieland opened.
The commission also unanimously approved the large-scale design of Via Emma, ââa mixed-use residential development overlooking East Emma Avenue in the city’s downtown core. Staff at Blue Crane, a development company associated with the Walton family, also worked with the planning department to reach agreements on the design, Christie said.
The completed project will include 131 residential spaces in four buildings, with parking in between. The project will also include six retail spaces on Emma.
The east side of the project will provide workspace and possibly an ice cream parlor on the south side, said Yume Rudzinski of Blue Crane.
The project will overlook Luther George Park at North Water Street and East Meadow Avenue. Both downtown and Luther George Park are experiencing a revival and a revival.
Blue Crane has another mixed-use property under construction on Emma with 48 apartments.
âThe look on Emma changes oh, so drastically,â Christie said. âIt’s good for downtown Springdale, and it’s good for Springdale in general.