Shopping center changes
A redevelopment project at Bryant Square shopping center on the southeast corner of Bryant Avenue and Second Street is in full swing.
The first new store, Five Below, offering trendy merchandise to the teen and preteen market for $1 to $5, has opened in a renovated space.
A lease with Ulta Salon, a beauty product store and salon, has been signed securing 10,060 square feet of retail space in the shopping center.
Five Guys Burger & Fries has leased 2,400 square feet of retail space to open a restaurant in Bryant Square.
Lawrence S. Levinson, Houston architect working for the owners InvenTrust Properties Corp., purchased from the city a $1.1 million alternative commercial building permit.
Another alternative commercial building permit, for $650,000, was purchased for renovation of the space where Petco is located.
Owners have not put a price tag on the redevelopment project.
Other plans are to tear down buildings in the parking, build one new building and realign and reconstruct the parking lot.
Home sales down
Edmond's residential home market saw another down month in June compared to the same period last year. Sales for the month fell 11 percent from a year ago. For the year, total sales were down 5.5 percent, according to Edmond real estate agent Brian Preston.
The active listing market is up. There are 30.7 percent more homes on the market compared to this time last year. The big increase in listings came in the $275,000 to $300,000 price range. It had an increase of 14 percent in listings just from last month, Preston said.
Cross Timber study approved
Council members approved this week spending up to $50,000 for a study to look into future needs for the Cross Timbers Complex at Covell Road and Interstate 35.
Plans are to hire Hornbeek Blatt, the original architects for the complex, to assess the future needs of the public works center that opened in January 2006.
“Although design was to accommodate a 20-year growth, a few unforeseen factors have necessitated a need to review how and where we can grow,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. “Though the office space is adequate, storage of materials and other operating functions need to be reviewed.”
The study is expected to be done within 120 days.
“The study would assist in the necessary and continued development and delivery of professional services by public services employees responsible for the improvement, maintenance and protection of vital infrastructure and emergency response capabilities,” Commons said.
The traffic signal on Boulevard, just north of 5th Street at the pedestrian crossing, will be removed at 9 a.m. Saturday. The work should be completed by noon. Traffic will be diverted from one lane to another while pavement markings are being removed. Drivers should expect delays and need to be aware of workers.
It's a fact
For more than half a century, the Guthrie airport was a grass strip. Edmond and Guthrie joined forces in 2005 to operate the airport that covers 411 acres. Now, the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport boasts a 5,000-foot runway, and improvement projects are on the drawing board. Edmond City Council members agreed to put up $66,810 for a list of 16 capital improvement projects plus building an additional parking lot. Guthrie will repay Edmond for half the cost.
Edmond Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Downtown Edmond Business Association's annual Krazy Daze sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown. Local food trucks Let's Do Greek and Bacon N' Cakin' will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Reader Mallery Nagle: “Have you heard any chatter regarding sober and/or assisted living homes being established in Edmond residential neighborhoods? If I am not mistaken, city ordinance states that not more than five unrelated individuals may live in one residence.”
City Attorney Steve Murdock answered: “I have recently had a few inquiries regarding a possible sober living home and an assisted living home being located in Edmond. To my knowledge neither one has actually been opened and the city has had no involvement with regard to the sober living home. As to the assisted living home, we did issue a remodel permit for a large home at 1900 Nighthawk Court in the Kickingbird Estates addition and there has been some inquiries from neighbors. ... If we have a complaint about a particular address we will investigate and determine whether there is a violation of our code and there may also be other regulations and or protections provided under Oklahoma and federal law.”