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Neighbors win vote to close Edmond street to block traffic

EDMOND — Property owners in the Leawood housing addition were successful this week in convincing city council members to close a street in their 50-year-old neighborhood in an effort to block additional traffic near their homes.

Beryl Jones and Timothy McGraw petitioned the city council to close Skyview Drive, located northwest of Danforth Road and Sooner Road, also because of concerns about additional drainage.

Leawood homeowners don't want their neighborhood connected to two proposed development projects with a possible 800 new homes, and 20 acres owned by Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

The vote was 4 to 1, with Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell voting against closing the street.

All 50 homeowners in the Leawood housing addition signed a petition supporting the street closing. They have repeatedly attended meetings campaigning against leaving the street open. More than 25 property owners were at this week's meeting.

The requested street closure, 60 feet by 325 feet, was made in anticipation of expansion of the Town Square housing addition to the west, and a second nearby proposed addition, Lakes of Cross Timbers.

David Barnes, former Edmond deputy fire chief and property owner, speaking for the neighborhood, said the neighbors did not want to hinder development in the area.

"We are concerned about drainage issues and public safety issues with that particular street closure," Barnes said. "Our concerns are not motivated by the development. We are quite pleased with some of the amenities Mr. (Caleb) McCaleb has incorporated in his addition to the west."

Neighbors want the street closed for access only, but plan to retain the utility easement.

Jay Evans, Francis Tuttle's director of facility management, said the school needs to have two ways of ingress and egress on its property in case of an emergency or evacuation.

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›