The Fort Smith Planning Commission granted approvals to Fish City Grill and a new $15 million real estate development in the Chaffee Crossing district at a meeting on Tuesday (Aug. 14).
Fish City Grill’s request was for a conditional use for outdoor dining. The restaurant’s plans accommodate seating for 40 outside and 190 overall. Lakeside Crossing’s request was for acceptance of the final plat, or map of the proposed construction on a new 17-acre development from ERC Holdings and builder Tim Mays. Both measures passed without opposition, though the Lakeside Crossing had one abstention. Abstaining was Commissioner Bob Cooper, Jr., who handles real estate transactions for the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.
The Fish City Grill restaurant will be the Dallas-based chain’s second Arkansas site — the first being Rogers — and it will be housed in a new building at 7001 Phoenix Ave. Representatives were in attendance on Tuesday but did not share any further details beyond the initial design plans, which will be handled by Risley & Associates.
Menu items vary by location, but most include oyster nachos, fish tacos, cod, shrimp, rainbow trout, crawfish etouffee, and Bering Sea snow crab. Fish City Grill also serves burgers, sandwiches, beer, wine, mixed drinks, key lime pie, homemade bread pudding, and a wide assortment of side items.
Fish City Grill is owned by Neighborhood Ventures, Inc. There are 19 stores (two of which are Texas-based Half Shells). Others are located in Florida, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
As for Lakeside Crossing, the $15 million residential development will feature 17 acres, situated in a location along Wells Lake Road across from Wells Lake and the Arkansas River Valley Nature Center.
Mays will be the exclusive builder of the 60 single-family homes ranging from 1,650-2,500 square feet. Varying lot sizes and customizable design plans will start at $225,000. Lakeside will host immediate proximity to fishing, trails, kayaking, and canoeing on Nature Center property directly across the street. It also will have direct access to multi-use and mountain biking trails as well as close proximity to Parrot Island Waterpark and Ben Geren Park.
The neighborhood will be bordered by the Veterans Avenue Dog Park ERC will contribute to the Fort Smith Parks and Recreation Department for public use.
Other nearby amenities will include Torraine Lake on Chad Colley Blvd., Deer Trails Golf Course, McClure Amphitheater, and the Chaffee Crossing Historic District. Information about the availability of lots and home designs can be obtained through Becky Ivey of Chuck Fawcett Realty. Ivey will be the real estate marketing and sales agent on the project.
Mays plans to begin construction on multiple homes in the spring of 2019. ERC has been developing high-end apartments and homes, single-family additions, and strategic commercial and office developments in the southern and midwestern United States since 1957.
Latest ERC announcements have included the future Chaffee Pizza location at The Landing commercial development and The HUB at Providence, a new $11 million “live above retail” commercial and residential mix that recently broke ground at 9101 R.A. Young Jr. Drive. Last September, ERC announced Stonecrest, an $8 million luxury duplex development. The company’s other residential areas include The Haven, Highland Crossing, Avalon, and Providence.