Contractors have started putting down asphalt on a new public parking lot that will give downtown Edmond 54 more parking spaces. The parking lot is on the south side of the city's administration building, 100 E First.
The lot is on the spot formerly occupied by a bank drive-thru, which was demolished before the public safety center construction began. The cost is $801,198 and will be funded by the five-year, half-cent public safety center sales tax.
Mitch Park runners beware
Contractors will repair cracks on trails in J.L. Mitch Park during the next two weeks. City council members approved spending $40,000 from the park tax fund to make the repairs. Workers will be cleaning the cracks of debris, filling the cracks with recycled material and compacting the material. Cones and signs will mark work areas. Trail users should be on the lookout and try to navigate around the work areas.
Bryant Square moving forward
InvenTrust Properties Corp., owners of Bryant Square Shopping Center, has spent more than $6 million since July on redeveloping the property on the southeast corner of Bryant Avenue and Second Street.
Owners are ready to demolish the two buildings where Firestone and Mackie McNear's Steakhouse were located, said Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director. New buildings will match the exterior design of the shopping center being updated.
PDQ is expected to open in the Mackie McNear's location and Torchy's Taco, which has a location in Norman, is expected to open in the Firestone location.
PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a fast casual restaurant specializing in hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes and salads. This will be its first restaurant in Oklahoma, according to its website.
Owners also have an approved site plan for a new building where CiCi's Pizza was located. CiCi's Pizza is moving to the northern section of the shopping center.
The first new store, Five Below, offering trendy merchandise for the teen and preteen market for $1 to $5, has opened in a renovated space on the center's east side.
History tours available
The Edmond Historic Preservation Trust offers guided walking tours through downtown Edmond. The educational walk covers the history of the buildings.
Tours last about 45 minutes and are available by appointment for groups of five or more. Tickets are $5 each. For an appointment, call 715-1889.
Church sign approved
Crossing Community Church was granted permission to build a sign in the right of way on Covell Road, west of Covell Village Drive.
The city council vote was 3-1 with councilwoman Elizabeth Waner voting no because she had not supported similar sign variances at Uptown Market and Qdoba.
“Basically, I feel it is a building environment you know you are going into and should be accommodating within the code on a busy street,” Waner said.
The signs at Uptown Market and Qdoba, like the proposed sign at Crossings, are designed so a portion of the sign can be removed in the event utility work needs to be done in the right of way.
Reader Ainslie Stanford: “Any idea what's going in the old Delta Café space in the southwest corner of 33rd and Boulevard? My office is just down the street and it looks like there is significant work going on.”
Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell answered: “At Edmond MarketPlace, Delta Café is being renovated into two spaces, yet to be named.
“The investment is being made to make this space look similar to the rest of the development.”
Reader Laura Burris asked: “Is there still an approved grocery store for the intersection of Sooner and Covell? And if so, what is the chain?”
City Planner Bob Schiermeyer answered: “We have approved a commercial plat at Sooner and Covell. There is no retail building that has been approved. We do not know of any grocery store ready to submit at this intersection.”
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