Planning Commission approves Twin Arch Motel property rezoning

The Twin Arch Motel, 521 N. College Ave., could soon be converted into a small apartment complex.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

The Fayetteville Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a rezoning request to allow for the redevelopment of a vacant midtown motel into a small apartment complex.

The 1950s era Twin Arch Motel, located at 521 N. College Ave., served as a weekly rental complex in recent years before closing last fall after a fire reportedly damaged several of its units.

According to city planning documents, partners Tom Harding and Garrison Roddey with Rogers-based Community Development Partners LLC plan to convert the two-building, 11-room motel into a nine-unit, studio apartment complex marketed toward graduate students and young business professionals.

“It needs a tender, loving hand on it and we’d like to just massage it and turn it into a really nice apartment complex,” Harding told commissioners during Monday’s meeting.

According to a letter from Roddey to city planning staff, Community Development Partners plan to purchase the property from Grace Warren, who currently lives in California. Roddey said Warren bought the motel in 1985 and operated it with her late husband.

The rezoning request will likely be forwarded to the Fayetteville City Council for final approval in July.