East Gate Plaza Redevelopment

Concept Plans presented at the East Gate Input Session Thursday, August 8.


East Gate Plaza Input Session and Design Options

The City hosted an input session where citizens were invited to come and give preferences for site design and use options.  Participants viewed the three design options shown above and filled out a survey, which was also available online to those who weren't able to make the input session.
When asked which of the three options they ranked highest, 42% stated that Option B was their first choice, while 34% chose Option A, with Option C coming in third at 24%.
When asked for top priorities based on design elements and ideas shown in the plans, particpants ranked neighborhood gardens, public space/greenspace/park areas and attractive well designed retail and commerical development as thier top priorities.  Also high on the priority list were single family housing and affordable single family housing with multifamily ranking slightly lower.  Food, grocery, restaurants and food trucks with outdoor dining components were also popular.  Many people placed importance on the bus and transit hub/trail head concept with focus on public art and landscape areas. 

80% of those surveyed thought that the plans were on the right track.

East Gate Plaza Redevelopment Background

The former Tyson Mexican Original property is located at 1851 E. Huntsville Road. In 2005 the City of Fayetteville acquired the 11.5 acres, which included a dilapidated 124,000 square foot building, for $1.1 million.  The City split off 1.31 acres for the construction of a fire station and has dedicated 1.16 acres for the widening and improvement of the Huntsville Road and Happy Hollow intersection, leaving approximately 9.03 acres.

In 2013 the City agreed to sell approximately 2 acres, which contained the dilapidated building, to Kum & Go Convenience Stores for $1.115 million and an agreement to help to pay for the demolition costs of the existing structure. The City was able to auction off the rights to demolish and recycle portions of the Tyson structure to Ar-Rahim Metal Trading for $91,026.  Demolition continues through the summer of 2013.  Once complete, Kum & Go will begin site development and necessary street improvements.

The City will be left with approximately 5.8 acres of land to hold, develop or sell.


To conduct an in-house design exercise with City Staff, elected officials and key stakeholders to develop a master plan document and illustrative plan for the Tyson Mexican Original site. Conduct an open house review with the public to receive input on the various concept plans that the design team has developed.


1)      A master plan for the site indicating parcels, street and access

2)      An illustrative plan showing the proposed zoning, use and urban form.

3)      Implementation steps for achieving master plan.