Rezoning paves way for new Arkadelphia eatery

By JOE MAY | The Southern Standard

The breakfast and lunch choices in Arkadelphia may be growing after the city board of directors on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance to rezone a 10th Street property for a new restaurant.

This brick home at 313 S. 10th St. in Arkadelphia is expected to become a restaurant. About a half block to the east (behind the photographer) will eventually be part of the 10th Street portion of the Arkadelphia Bypass. | The Arkadelphian/Joel Phelps

City Manager Gary Brinkley said that Darren and Patricia Ayers are requesting that 313 S. 10th St. be rezoned to C-4 to allow them to open an eatery in the brick home on the property, which at least in the beginning would serve breakfast and lunch.

Brinkley said the property is on the corner of 10th and Clay streets and currently adjoins commercial property. At the motion of Directors Jason Jones and Taylor Chaney, the motion to put the ordinance on its first reading passed. In other business, the board:

• Passed the annual 5-mill tax ordinance second reading.

• Approved at the motion of directors Roland Gosey and Chris Porter a memorandum of understanding allowing the Arkansas Department of Health to use of the Recreation Center as a distribution center in the event a state of emergency is ever called.

• Approved a $1.9 million loan for the Ouachita Baptist University sewer project for 20 years at 1.75% interest from the Arkansas National Resources Commission.

• Accepted the resignation of Planning and Zoning Commission member Llewellyn Terry Sr.

• Heard Brinkley say Andrea Wagoner has been hired as the new city clerk.

• Heard Brinkley say plans are being made to repair the roof of the Community Family Enrichment Center.