Edmond Exchange for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Building big water tower
Construction on the new northwest water tower is starting to take shape. The $5.89 million project is expected to be completed in September.
The tower is being built just west of the railroad tracks on the northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Broadway. No road closures are anticipated during the construction, but motorists and residents of the area should expect typical construction traffic for the duration of the project.
As recommended in the Edmond Water and Wastewater Master Plan, the northwest water tower will have a capacity of 2 million gallons. Each of Edmond's current water towers has a capacity of 500,000 gallons.
“The northwest water tower will be a significant improvement for the northwest area of Edmond's water system and help balance the water pressure during our peak usage times,” said Edmond Water Resources Superintendent Kris Neifing. “When complete, the new tower will better our water system as a whole.”
New homes decline
The number of new single-family houses being built in Edmond has declined for the second consecutive calendar year as 2016 came to a close, said City Manager Larry Stevens. In 2015, residential building permits declined by 7 percent. In 2016, the permits for houses declined by an additional 23 percent, from 545 to 415. "We are still at a healthy level," Stevens said. "We should keep that in mind."
April 4 election set
City council members have set an April 4 citywide election after signatures on referendum petitions calling for a vote on the proposed Shops at Spring Creek project have been counted and verified.
The proposed lifestyle center would be built just north of 15th Street on Bryant Avenue. More than 300 living units are planned, with parking for residents to be underground. It would feature about 50 new retailers, a boutique theater and a specialty grocery store.
The developer, Poag Shopping Centers of Memphis, Tennesee, has a contract to buy Spring Creek Plaza and wants to buy the 26 acres to the north for the lifestyle center. City council members on Nov. 14 amended the land use plan and rezoned the property.
Opponents of the project circulated the referendum petitions, asking for the people to vote on whether the property should be rezoned and if the city's land use plan should be amended.
They object to the project because of additional traffic, the number of proposed apartments and the effect on neighboring E.C. Hafer Park.
Commercial permits increased
Commercial building permits for 2016 increased by 76 percent, jumping from 42 to 74. City Manager Larry Stevens said commercial activity can be subject to large fluctuations from year to year. Stevens gave by example: in 2015, commercial building permits declined by 23 percent.
Huge project getting started
City council members this week spent $5.9 million for a contract with Carollo Engineers Inc. to oversee the second phase of the Coffee Creek Water Resource Recovery Facility expansion project that is expected to cost $100 million when complete.
Carollo was first hired by the city in August 2013 to perform a stream water quality study and preliminary engineering report. The company was hired again in June 2015 for the design work of the project.
During the second phase, Carollo will provide engineering services during construction, inspections, preparation of operation and maintenance manuals, and the training of staff.
The construction is expected to take three years to complete. Advertisement of construction bids is scheduled for March and construction should start in July.
St. Monica growing
St. Monica Catholic Church is planning a two-story educational building at 2001 N Western Ave. A site plan, which includes a specific use permit for the 24,950-square-foot addition, was approved this week by the city council.
Rezoning was approved by city council members for the redevelopment of the Cottages at the University of Central Oklahoma, 800 N Chowning. They agreed to rezone the 6.64 acres from multifamily to a residential planned unit development.
Developer Tom Gravitt's property currently has 60 units. Ten of the units will be demolished and reconstructed to allow for a total of 114 units.
Redevelopment of the property will occur on the front, where there is more space.
It's a fact
Edmond will be spending $59,958 to rebuild the crematorium at the city's animal shelter. The crematorium was installed in 2006. City staff received information Aug. 1 that the crematorium could be used for about another six months before major repairs are needed.
Reader Jo Jones asked: "Do you know what's going in south of 15th Street and west of Interstate-35 and south of Wal-Mart."
Planning Director Randy Entz answered: "An OnCue convenience store is being constructed on the southwest corner of Interstate 35 and 15th Street. The building will be 6,650 square feet and will face 15th Street."
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