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LR Planning Commission Rejects Regions Bank Rezoning Request in the Heights

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(A correction has been made to this article. See end for details.)

A proposed 3,200-SF Regions Bank branch in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock has run up against some opposition.

The Little Rock Planning Commission rejected the bank’s request to rezone the vacant residential property at the southwest corner of R Street and University Avenue for office development.

City staff recommended denying the proposal because activity and lighting from the bank would disrupt the neighborhood.

The activity and lighting from the commercial area across University and the nearby Bank of America branch are apparently all the neighborhood can handle.

The bank last week filed an appeal to the Little Rock Board of Directors, which will consider the matter on Nov. 18.

Regions purchased the proposed site to replace its leased location at 1801 N. Fillmore St. (That location, you may recall, will become the third Little Rock office of Relyance Bank of Pine Bluff.) The $2.2 million deal included land across the street, at the northwest corner of University and R.

(Nov. 13, 2014: This article originally said the Fillmore branch would be Relyance Bank’s first Little Rock location. In fact, Relyance already has a branch at 11000 Financial Parkway and a loan production office at 100 Morgan Keegan Drive, Suite 310.)

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