‘West Center’ apartment complex approved at Center and Duncan

Drivers and a pedestrian pass by the site of a planned five-story apartment complex to be built south of Center Street between Duncan and Harmon avenues in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

The team behind Eco Modern Flats and Sterling Frisco are set to move forward on another large-scale student apartment complex near the University of Arkansas.

Planning commissioners last week approved plans for the tentatively named “West Center” complex (aka “Project Center” or “Eco New“), a five-story, 175-unit building on the south side of Center Street between Duncan and Harmon avenues.

This map shows the location of the planned complex.

The building will replace a small apartment complex, a triplex and three houses (see map).

The project is the latest development from Specialized Real Estate Group who have once again turned to Fayetteville architecture firm Modus Studio for design of the building. The two companies worked together on the nearby LEED Platinum-certfied Eco Modern Flats complex, and the 637-bedroom Sterling Frisco complex under construction at Maple Street and West Avenue.

The new complex will house up to 480 bedrooms, a swimming pool and an embedded 408-space parking deck with room for at least 100 bicycles, according to planning documents.

Aside from the building itself, plans call for replacement of the single-head traffic light with a standard four-way signal at Center and Duncan, and the addition of a center turn lane on Center west of Duncan. Also planned for the area are new sidewalks and lighted crosswalks.

“The entire complex is wrapped in true urban sidewalks with tree wells and is really going to represent where we’re trying to go with development in this city,” said Seth Mims, a partner with Specialized Real Estate Group.

Mims said construction would likely begin this spring and be completed in time for the university’s 2014 fall semester.