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Sherwood rezones land for new manufacturer

<p>Sherwood City Council voted Monday night to rezone a portion of the site of the former National a Center, 5510 Landers Road. The request was made by Custom Aircraft Cabinets of North Little Rock. (Photo by Greg Rayburn)</p>

Sherwood City Council voted Monday night to rezone a portion of the site of the former National a Center, 5510 Landers Road. The request was made by Custom Aircraft Cabinets of North Little Rock. (Photo by Greg Rayburn)

 

The Sherwood City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve an ordinance to rezone a Landers Road site for a manufacturing company that wants to locate there.

The council rezoned the site of the former National Home Center, 5510 Landers Road. Some of the former center’s land was zoned C-3 Commercial, and aldermen were asked to rezone it to I-1.

The rezoning move was done without the legislation approved by the city planning commission, which is the normal protocol and chain of command for Sherwood’s council.

“There are time constraints, and this needs to move forward tonight,” according to Alderman Steve Fender.

According to the ordinance adopted by the council, the legislation was introduced because “the City of Sherwood seeks economic development for the benefit of the city and its citizens.”

In a June 8 letter to the council, Kelly Coughlin, city economic development director, recommended aldermen pass the legislation.

“The Economic Development Office is recommending a conditional use permit be granted for Custom Aircraft Cabinets,” according to Coughlin’s letter. “According to the Sherwood Zoning book, a conditional use must be requested for the manufacturing of cabinets.”

Coughlin’s letter adds, “This office is recommending the change for conditional use in its current I-1 zoning due to the enormous economic impact this endeavor could mean to the city. We request this request go before the city council in an expeditious manner.”

According to her letter, the property where the conditional use would impact is Lot 22 in the Sycamore Commercial Park as well as a tract where the former National Home Center was located.

The Sycamore Commercial Park tract consists of about 2.24 acres while the National Home Center tract consists of about 13.26 acres, according to the letter.

“If conditional use permit is granted, it is proposed that the property will be put to use manufacturing aviation cabinets,” the letter continues.

The company is currently located at 10015 Firestone Lane, North Little Rock.

“They are purchasing the property, which now stands empty from Newman Family,” according to the letter.

The letter adds that the current owners are Newman Family LLC in Springdale.

When asked for more details about the potential employer moving into Sherwood, Coughlin declined to give more details. Company officials, who attended the council meeting, also declined to give more details.

In the news section of the company’s website, it has a one-sentence statement that reads,” Custom Aircraft Cabinet has planned an expansion that will soon double the size of its manufacturing facility. With this expansion comes many job opportunities! Don’t miss this great opportunity to help us grow!”

The news section also encourages readers to check out its employment opportunities page and fill out a job application.

“… Or fill out a job application now to be the first in line for any position that has an opening in the near future.”

According to the employment opportunities section of the website, Custom Aircraft is currently hiring for the following positions: cabinet builder, router programmer, finisher, upholsterer, and seamstress.

The company began operation in August 1989. Its main plant contains offices, warehouse and production space as well as separate tool areas for cabinet production and manufacturing areas for painting parts, working metal and installing electrical wiring. The company also has a complete upholstery shop in its main plant, according to the website.

“We have the capability to complete all of your aircraft interior upholstery needs,” the information further states. “We have a foam fabrication room, sewing/layout room and a final assembly room. … Our finish facility is one mile from our main plant. It is in a separate building to keep cabinet and foam fabrication dust out of our finish. We have a large semi down draft spray booth, sanding room, buffing room and heat room.”

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