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Growing city of Edmond offers good quality of life

Beaux Dolf, 12, jumps a step on his skateboard at Mathis Brothers Skate Park at J.L. Mitch Park, one of the many amenities that adds to the quality of life in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Beaux Dolf, 12, jumps a step on his skateboard at Mathis Brothers Skate Park at J.L. Mitch Park, one of the many amenities that adds to the quality of life in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

EDMOND — Edmond is a growing city and one that offers a good quality of life, with a population of just more than 89,000 people.

City Manager Larry Stevens said Edmond grows at a rate of 1.5 percent to 2 percent a year.

“It certainly is a healthy growth, and this is also a manageable rate of growth,” Stevens said. “Our community continues to be a desirable place to live because hopefully there is a good balance between quality growth and quality life.”

Mayor Charles Lamb places a high value on quality of life, from schools to public safety.

“We have many outdoor and other recreational venues for the public to enjoy,” Lamb said. “We have an attractive community, and our location on Interstate 35 gives us good access to the metro, and really, the nation.”

Edmond's motto is “A Great Place To Grow.”

This is the 127th year of existence for Edmond.

Edmond voters just passed extensions of a one-cent general fund sales tax and a half-cent sales tax for capital improvement.

“The one-cent extension for the general fund is the continuing endorsement that Edmond is doing a good job of being good stewards and providing the basic services that the public expects,” Lamb said.

“The fact that both extensions passed by such overwhelming margins is a significant statement from our citizens as to their satisfaction with the general direction that Edmond is moving forward,” Stevens said. “And, we had a higher voter turnout than normal for a municipal election, with over 6,000 voters.”

Businesses and residents have started to become more financially conservative because of the current economic environment, but Edmond remains a solid place for business investment, said Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director.

More retail square footage was added in Edmond in 2015 than in 2014. Yowell said 46,000 square feet of space, totaling $4.1 million, and an additional $4.1 million in retail space alterations were seen in Edmond during the 12 months.

An additional 42,000 square feet of mixed-use space will be available in Edmond with the addition of Campbell Corner and the Shoppes at Fox Lake, at a cost of $8.5
million.

In downtown Edmond, with the addition of the Patriarch and the Campbell Corner building, Yowell said, private investment since 2000 totals more than $28 million.

“The opening of the public safety center in October solidified the city's historic presence in downtown,” Yowell said. “A continued renovation of existing city buildings is being
discussed.”

Along Interstate 35, the medical community is growing with new buildings and jobs, Yowell said.

“Integris Health Edmond is experiencing enough growth to initiate plans for additional beds and surgical space in the near future,” Yowell said.

Integris built a second medical office building in Edmond that includes a Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.

Up to three times as many patients can get therapy services in Edmond now that the rehabilitation center is open as part of a 45,000-square-foot medical office building.

The $12.5 million medical office building is on the Integris Health Edmond campus, which is on 44 acres on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Interstate 35.

The $94 million, full-service hospital Integris Health Edmond and its first medical office building, which included the original Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation center, opened Oct. 3, 2011.

Construction on the second medical building started in July 2014.

“Total 2015 investment from all medical facilities in Edmond topped $3.5 million,” Yowell said. “The health care industry has created an economic impact in Edmond of more than $200 million since 2010.”

Residential construction permits were down in 2015 and down from a record year in 2014. However, the dollar value of new residential construction increased.

“This includes 21 homes that were permitted for over $1 million compared to seven last year,” Yowell said.

“The existing real estate market finished 13 transactions shy of last year's record number of sales, at 4,271.

“Records were also set in the total amount sold and the highest average sales price of $286,000.”

One of the biggest attractions to Edmond will be the new $37 million Hilton Garden Inn and conference center that is under construction.

Edmond has made a $12 million investment in the project in an effort to help with economic development and increase the sales tax.

“Edmond is positioned very favorably to continue to be one of the more desirable, vibrant communities in Oklahoma and also in the region,” Stevens said.

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Emma Golden, 12, builds up some speed on her skateboard at Mathis Brothers Skate Park at J.L. Mitch Park, one of the many amenities that adds to the quality of life in Edmond. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

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