Fianna Hills Expansion Issue Dies At City Directors Meeting

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The planned expansion of the Fianna Hills Country Club in Fort Smith is dead in the water, after city directors on Tuesday night failed to bring up a rezoning request that was filed several weeks ago by the developer.

The issue appeared on the city directors’ agenda, but was never brought up for discussion. Since filing the rezoning request, developer Lance Beaty has withdrawn his plans to improve the club, bringing the future of the club into uncertainty.

Current owners of the club have not said what their next step will be. Fianna Hills has been losing money for several years.

FSM Redevelopment Partners had planned to buy the country club and triple its size from 27,000 square feet to 83,550 square feet. The redevelopment would have required a new zoning classification, which has not been brought up by city officials.

The group notified the country club it was pulling out of the potential purchase, though, and was no longer interested in the Fianna Hills Country Club.

The club will operate on a normal basis and held a business meeting last month to review club operations, according to a letter sent to country club members more than a month ago.

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