5/19/2017 4:49:00 PM Cherry Lane project gets green light McArthur Council approves site-development, utility plans
Cherry Lane developer Emmett Conway, Jr. (standing) shows his plans to McArthur Village officials (from the left), Council member Juanita McNickle, Village Solicitor Troy Howdyshell, and Mayor Kim Wortman at McArthur Councilís meeting on Wednesday evening. (Telegram Photos by Red Thompson, Jr.)
Work has already started at Cherry Lane as the Campbellís Market grocery-store project is moving along at a nice pace. The store will be one of five potential businesses in the development.
Construction and utility placement plans for the new Cherry Lane Development Project, to be located just behind the Vinton County High School football field in McArthur, received a green light from McArthur Village Council during its Wednesday, May 17 meeting.
Developer Emmett Conway. Jr. presented plans for building a new road, installing new water and sewer lines and splitting the property into lots. The development will include: Campbell's Market, which is now under construction; a new University of Rio Grande Community College branch campus (currently in the planning stages), and three lots that will be for sale for retail or light commercial businesses. Conway also stated he has met with the McArthur Board of Public Affairs and learned there will be enough water for this kind of development. He noted there will be no major water users in the development area for the business portion.
A second phase of the project, which will come later, calls for a housing development on the hill behind the businesses. For this development, it appears a new water tower would have to be built as well as other steps taken to improve water pressure to new homes.
The housing project is down the road and Conway is currently mostly focused on the business side of it.
After the presentation, Conway explained some specific information about the lots. He noted Campbell's will have an access directly off U.S. Route 50 and may also have a second access off the new road he will be building. As for the Rio Grande branch campus, he has a verbal commitment from college officials and is working on the property description for the deed work. He notes the building will be a nice one and will have classrooms, a break room and offices. He is keeping in touch with Rio Grande and State Representative Ryan Smith on this issue.
On a personal note, Conway also told The Telegram he is glad to be building a large-scale project in his home county. Conway noted he grew up in Vinton County and later moved to Athens, where he has become a successful businessman and real estate developer.
Mayor Kim Wortman told The Telegram this development is a big opportunity coming McArthur's way and the village welcomes good and solid progress.
"We are excited about this project," said Wortman. "McArthur is moving forward and this project is a big part of it."
Wortman is also glad this project will be ending the county's food-desert classification with the new grocery store and helping the community grow. He also appreciates everything Conway is doing and notes this project is a positive step. The mayor added the council is interested in improvements and development in all parts of the village, but right now the west end is where the most growth is occurring.
The Village Council will continue to monitor this project and will meet again in regular session on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.