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Edmond Exchange for Aug. 20, 2016

The scoreboard is shown at the new Wolves Stadium at Edmond Santa Fe High School where the three Edmond high schools will play football this season. [PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN]

The scoreboard is shown at the new Wolves Stadium at Edmond Santa Fe High School where the three Edmond high schools will play football this season. [PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Ready for some football?

Edmond's three high schools will be playing this year in the school district's new high school football stadium.

The $10 million stadium, named Wolves Stadium, is located on the Edmond Santa Fe High School campus.

A February 2015 bond issue provided money for the stadium to be home field for all three high schools.

Voters will be asked to pass future bond issues to build additional stadiums at Edmond Memorial and Edmond North high schools.

All three high schools have been playing games at the University of Central Oklahoma's Wantland Stadium. Four high school games will still be played at Wantland this year.

Wolves Stadium has turf used at NFL stadiums for the New York Giants, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

Roadwork extended

Sooner Road, just north of Covell Road, will remain closed through Sept. 19. The extended closure was requested by the contractor so additional work can be completed. Drivers will be able to access the intersection at Covell Road and Sooner Road from the south, west and east. Others will need to find an alternate route. The $12.5 million project is a partnership with the city and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Edmond is paying 53 percent or nearly $6.6 million. Allen Contracting Inc. is the contractor.

Goodwill site plan OK'd

A site plan for a proposed 16,000-square-foot Goodwill store on Danforth Road, west of Santa Fe Avenue, was approved by planning commissioners this week.

Nearby property owners don't want the store in their neighborhood because they have problems with the intended use plus they don't like trash being piled up out front and in the back of the store.

The vote was 4 to 1, with Chairman Barry Moore voting against the site plan.

Ernie Isch, for the developer, Danforth Development, said the site plan is in compliance with zoning codes and meets the sensitive boarder rules. They also exceed the landscaping requirements.

Chad Mullen, for the Homestead Property Owners Association, said, “We see this center, a little bit of a stretch, but like you see an auto salvage yard.”

They do not like items being left while the store is closed and are concerned about their property values.

“We think this is better suited for other parts of town,” Mullen said.

New OnCue coming

The city council in a split 3-2 vote recently approved three sign variances for a new OnCue convenience store and fuel stations on the west side of Interstate 35, south of 15th Street. Planning commissioners earlier approved the site plan and preliminary plat. Randel Shadid, attorney representing OnCue, said they would work with neighbors to install a fence. OnCue will build a retaining wall the entire length of the property, there will be signs designating no truck and RV parking at various locations on the property and no deliveries can be made from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Bryant Square work continues

Two site plans for three new buildings to be constructed at Bryant Square Shopping Center, on the southeast corner of Bryant Avenue and Second Street, were approved this week by the city's planning commissioners.

Buildings where Firestone and CiCi's Pizza were located will be torn down. A third building, the one north of Famous Footwear, also will be destroyed.

CiCi's Pizza is moving to the northern section of the shopping center.

Deanne Shanahan, InvenTrust Properties Corp. senior asset manager, wouldn't say what businesses will move in.

“A couple have signed leases, but I am not sure if the terms of the leases will allow me to say,” Shanahan said.

The amount of parking in the shopping center allows for restaurants there, said City Planner Bob Schiermeyer.

One of the new buildings is 8,750 square feet. The second is 7,350 square feet. The third will be 5,775 square feet. Each one will match the exterior design of the shopping center that is now being updated.

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 on the east side of the center.

A lease with Ulta 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.

It's a fact

Edmond's population in July 1890 was 500. The population grew to 1,000 by October 1891. The streets were graded, there were three public water wells and trees had been planted in the park on North Broad Street, now called Broadway, according to the Edmond Historical Preservation Trust.

What's next

The Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Heard on Hurd street festival from 6 to 10 p.m. at Broadway and Hurd in downtown.

The 22nd annual Beat the Heat Soccer Tournament all day Saturday and Sunday at Service Blake Soccer Complex, 1502 E Danforth Road.

Need answers?

Have questions about Edmond, its roadwork, the hotel and conference center, traffic or capital improvements? Email Diana Baldwin at 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 ›