Plan Pro­poses De­vel­op­ing Farm Land

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — A firm called Faith, Hope & Grace Prop­er­ties has pro­posed de­vel­op­ing a sub­di­vi­sion on 35 acres that fronts along Mock Street and goes back to­ward Ri­eff Park.

Mem­phis Sny­der, owner of the firm out of Cave Springs, pre­sented the con­cept plan to the Prairie Grove Plan­ning Com­mis­sion in Au­gust. The de­vel­op­ment, built in phases, would have sin­gle-fam­ily hous­ing and multi-fam­ily hous­ing, if ap­proved by the city.

“I al­ways go in with a con­cept plan first to make sure ev­ery­one is on board,” said Sny­der, who also is a re­al­tor.

Sny­der said he has a con­tract on 73 acres in all but is look­ing at 35 acres right now. The prop­erty is owned by the Orr fam­ily and Sny­der’s pur­chase is con­tin­gent on his plans be­ing ap­proved by the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The con­cept plan shows the de­vel­op­ment would have 11 larger lots on Mock Street with houses that would range from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet in size. Sny­der said the ex­ist­ing Orr house at 612 Mock Street would re­main, adding his brother plans to ren­o­vate the house and live in it.

Be­yond Mock Street, the con­cept shows a se­cond phase with 42 smaller lots and a third phase with 22 du­plexes that would be near Ri­eff Park. A fourth phase, Syn­der said, would be an­other 40-60 lots of sin­gle-fam­ily houses.

Sny­der said he is the de­vel­oper and his brother, Richard Syn­der, who has Fron­tier Build­ing Co., would build the houses. They are cur­rently con­struct­ing Wolf Sub­di­vi­sion in Highfill.

Sny­der pro­poses to build houses along Mock Street that are old-style

homes with front porches, sim­i­lar to what some­one would have had in the 1920s for Amer­i­can farm­houses.

“It’s a bun­ga­low look,” Sny­der said. “We did a smil­iar project in Ar­ling­ton (Tenn.) and we want to do the same thing here.”

In a let­ter to the city about the con­cept plan, Sny­der said he wants older style homes along Mock Street that would blend in with the his­toric down­town area.

Sny­der said he and his brother have a history of build­ing homes in small com­mu­ni­ties. They’ve built 500 homes in Cartersville, Tenn., and Ar­ling­ton, Tenn.

He said they like Prairie Grove be­cause “it’s such a neat, May­berry-look­ing town.”

J.C. Dobbs, chair­man of Prairie Grove Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said he thought ev­ery­one on the Com­mis­sion seemed to be sup­port­ive of the idea.

“We were in agree­ment it would be a good fit for the area,” Dobbs said, adding, “You hate to see your big farms turn into sub­di­vi­sions but that’s the day we’re in right now.”

Larry Oelich, Prairie Grove direc­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices and pub­lic works, also said the city sup­ported the con­cept.

“There’s no rea­son not to be,” Oel­rich said. “It ties into what’s al­ready there.”

Oel­rich said Prairie Mead­ows sub­di­vi­sion backs up into this land and this subivi­sion was de­signed to go into this area.

“I think it fits re­ally well,” Oel­rich said.

De­pend­ing on the de­vel­oper’s fi­nal plans, the owner may have to ask for some of the prop­erty to be re­zoned, Oel­rich said.

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