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Edmond Exchange, March 11

Tool store coming

Edmond is getting a Harbor Freight, a retail supply store that specializes in tools, to be located east of Broadway and north of Comfort Drive.

Planning commissioners this week approved a commercial site plan for the 15,220-square-foot building with 82 parking spaces and five bicycle racks.

The store will be on 2.31 acres just north of the south city limits, said City Planner Randy Entz. The commercial site plan does not need further approval by the city council because it does not include any variances.

Housing numbers

The average price of a new home in Edmond is $342,700. The average sale price of existing homes is $270,696. Of the city's projected 2017 population of 91,743 people, 65.5 percent own their own homes, according to the Edmond Economic Development Authority's 2017 Fast Facts.

New police chief

The name of the new police chief will be revealed at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Matt Terry Hall, Room 108 in the Public Safety Building, Littler Avenue and First Street. The new chief will succeed Bob Ricks, who retired Feb. 3 after 13 years as chief.

A national search attracted about 100 applications. The field was narrowed to four for the city manager to make a decision. Deputy Police Chief Tim Dorsey has served as interim chief since Ricks retired. He did not apply for the job.

Private roads added

Opposition to a controversial development with more than 400 houses has lessened since an amended preliminary plat was filed with the city.

Lakes at Cross Timbers, on the south side of Covell Road and east of Coltrane Road, drew strong opposition during at least 10 hearings since 2014.

The original preliminary plat was approved a year ago. Planning commissioners this week approved the amended preliminary plat to include private streets in a portion of the development.

The latest plan calls for 365 houses on 104.77 acres with 14.6 acres of common area. The developer will widen a portion of Covell Road and install a traffic signal at Covell and Griffin when the 100th home is constructed, City Planner Randy Entz said.

Al Lavenue said he dropped his opposition after a meeting with developers and amendments to the preliminary plat.

Heard on Hurd returns

Citizens Bank of Edmond's Heard on Hurd street festival will return for the 2017 season from 6 to 10 p.m. March 18 at Broadway and Hurd in downtown Edmond. Live music, food trucks and pop-up shops will be on hand. Citizens Bank of Edmond's new lobby at First Street and Broadway will feature lawn games and seating. New this year will be street performers. This month's street performance will feature Dance With Me at 6:30 p.m. at Main and Broadway.

It's a fact

Edmond Fire Department Children's Safety Village, 5300 E Covell Road, is a place where children are presented life safety lessons through presentations and hand on experience. A child-size village complete with buildings, streets, traffic lights and vehicles provides a setting where children can practice real-life situations.

What's next

Edmond City Council will hold a workshop about a potential holiday light event in J.L. Mitch Park at 3:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Edmond City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Need answers?

Reader Jeff Ronen asked: "I live in Fairfax housing addition and work in Oklahoma City, so I use the new roads being constructed at Covell Road and Sooner Road daily. These brand-new concrete streets already feel like driving on a washboard, especially west of Sooner on Covell. Sadly, we are all accustomed to bumpy roads and streets in greater Oklahoma City, but with the money being invested at this intersection, it is disappointing."

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: "The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is the project administrator for this construction. Once all the paving is complete they will be conducting straight edge testing on the roadway to determine if the smoothness meets the minimum mandatory requirement for their specifications. If not, the contractor will have to address the pavement to make it smoother. Due to the short runs of concrete pavement in this area during construction, numerous stops and starts, the joints can be sometimes slightly higher where each section meets, so the straight edge test will reveal any locations that need to be addressed."

Reader Lori Walle asked: "Any word yet on what is replacing Delta Cafe at 33rd Street and Boulevard?

Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell answered: "Last I heard they were splitting the space into two spaces. One was going to be a cell phone store."

Have questions about Edmond, its roadwork, traffic or capital improvements? Email Diana Baldwin at dbaldwin@oklahoman.com.

Follow Diana Baldwin 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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