The following letter outlining Pettaway Neighborhood Association opposition to the Paradise Group LLC Planned Zoning Development (2020 Vance Street, Little Rock – formerly the Job Corps Building and Red Carpet Inn) was to submitted Little Rock Planning Commission. Please note a Public Hearing on the Paradise Group LLC proposed Planned Zoning Development will take place 4pm, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Board of Directors Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall. Please attend your support is needed.
Little Rock Planning Commission
Department of Planning and Development
City of Little Rock
723 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
re: Pettaway community opposition to Paradise Group LLC Planned Zoning Development (2020 Vance Street, Little Rock)
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association (PNA) voted at its May 16, 2013 association meeting to oppose the Paradise Group LLC application for a planned zoning development request for change of classification from C-3 District to PZD as submitted.
The community’s major concern regarding the Paradise Group LLC planned zoning development is sustainability.
At a public forum held at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School on March 2, 2013, residents asked Paradise Group LLC to share their business and community engagement plan. To date the Paradise Group LLC has failed to share their solid business and community engagement plan with our community the very place where this proposed planned development will be housed. We know of no letters or confirmed intent of support from Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or Transitional Youth Services (TYS) or any other organizations or entities that would directly impact the specific services being provided to these pregnant teens.
Presently, the property at 2020 Vance Street has remained vacant and a nuisance for a number of years. This boarded and dilapidated historic structure is visible from Interstate 30 and has proved to be a hardship for those residents whose homes are in close proximity to this structure.
It has been the expressed wish of the PNA that the structure be demolished. However, if the structure is to be rehabilitated, the PNA requests proof that the proprietors have a solid business and community engagement plan to ensure the sustainability of whatever business is housed in this particular structure.
The Pettaway community along with MacArthur Park Historic District and the Main Street corridor is experiencing growth. People are moving in, buying vacant lots, restoring older historic homes, and building new structures. This growth is directly related to the sustained community effort to embrace community by making it safe, clean and supporting one another in our desire to live in a vibrant downtown. As much as the residents would like a positive and effective planned development at 2020 Vance Street (like the new Children’s Library in the 12th Street corridor) we want to make sure that the property is not left vacant again after a short period of use.
For these reasons, we reject the Paradise Group LLC proposed planned development and subsequent request for change of zoning classification as submitted.
Pettaway Neighborhood Association