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Edmond Exchange for July 2

Ken Moore

Ken Moore

Chamber leader retires

Ken Moore, Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, has decided to retire after more than nine years as leader of the local group.

“I still love coming to work every day, have a great staff to work with and a supportive leadership team," Moore said. “I've been involved in leading chambers of commerce in five different states for 47 years, so I've decided to take a break from the day-to-day activities I'm used to.

"While there is no ideal time to leave, our programs are solid, the chamber is in good financial shape and we achieved our goal of becoming a '5 Star Accredited Chamber.'"

Moore plans to stay in Edmond and remain active in the community.

A committee will be formed to find Moore's replacement.

“The board is extremely grateful and appreciative for the service and leadership Ken has provided to the chamber and the Edmond community over the last 9 and one-half years," said Angie Johnson, chamber chairwoman. "Though very tough shoes to fill, the search committee is dedicated to finding the right leader to move us forward in the continued growth and success of our organization.”

New sorority house

Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house on the University of Central Oklahoma campus is being torn down and a new building is being constructed at the same location at 425 N Jackson. City council members this week approved a site plan to build the new 13,994-square-foot house large enough for 27 members and the house director. The new two-story building will include a basement and space for chapter meetings.

Another new restaurant

Plans to open a second restaurant in the 100 block of W Second Street is moving forward with the city council's approval this week of a site plan.

The seafood restaurant and bar will open in a renovated 2,800-square-foot metal building where The Roost, a home furnishing business, once operated at 119 W Second. The restaurant will be named the Eagle Yacht Club.

A building to the north will be demolished to create an area for a fire pit and outdoor patio, according to plans presented by developer Chip Fudge, owner of Film Exchange Row LLC.

A 1,160-square-foot historic stable building will be renovated for special events and will include a commercial kitchen.

This restaurant is located next to what is now being called The Creamery, to be built in a historic 4,200-square-foot building that was once part of the Edmond Ice Co. property. 

Fudge and chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson, owners of Ludivine and R&J Supper Club in Oklahoma City's Midtown, are owners of the proposed restaurants.

The Creamery will take on its official name — The Eagle Milling Co. — when it opens. The restaurant site plan was approved by the city council on May 25.

"Go make a successful project," Mayor Charles Lamb said after the council unanimously approved the commercial site plan.

Closed

Citylink, Edmond's public transportation system, will not be in operation Monday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Buses will run on regular schedules Tuesday.

City of Edmond offices will be closed on Monday. Trash service will run as scheduled.

It's a fact

Edmond's new fiscal year started on Friday. The budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is $297 million which includes $572,420 for the operations of the Edmond Economic Development Authority. City council members unanimously approved the agreement this week. The authority promotes economic development in Edmond and offers assistance for those looking to establish, expand or relocate their businesses to Edmond.

What's happening

LibertyFest parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday in downtown. Followed by ParkFest at 6 p.m. Monday on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Edmond Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Need answers?

Have questions about Edmond, its road construction, the hotel and conference center, traffic or capital improvements?

Email Diana Baldwin at dbaldwin@oklahoman.com.

Follow her on Twitter @Edmond_beat.

 

 

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 ›

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