Edmond Exchange for April 1
New building taking shape
When it comes to commercial development, Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director, called the ongoing redevelopment of Bryant Square one of the most active areas in Edmond.
Last year, InvenTrust Properties Corp. invested $7.5 million in the 286,579-square-foot shopping center at Second Street and Bryant Avenue.
“Ulta Beauty, Zoe's, PDQ — and they are going to knock down two or three buildings to make way for Torchy's Tacos and Five Guys Burgers — and more landscaping throughout the development, and new signage,” Yowell said at a recent economic preview of Edmond.
The former Mackie McNears restaurant has been torn down and a new structure is being constructed just to the east of the original building to make a new home for PDQ, a restaurant serving chicken, salads and sandwiches.
Updating the store fronts of Ross Dress for Less and Petco also are in the works at this time.
Edmond in 2016 recorded the largest amount of commercial investments ever in the history of Edmond, Yowell said.
Electric car purchased
City council members approved this week the purchase of the first electric car for Edmond Electric. Glenn Fisher, Edmond Electric director, said the U.S. Department of Energy is looking to install an infrastructure of electric car charging stations across the United States. One area being included is the Interstate 35 corridor. Edmond Electric has a deal with the owners of the new hotel and conference center to install a charging station there, Fisher said. They are hoping also to include a station at the new ShowBiz family entertainment center, both located at Covell Road and I-35. Fisher said Edmond Electric thought it needed one as a fleet vehicle to understand the operations. The electric car will be wrapped in Edmond Electric information and used for promotions, Fisher said. The 2017 Nissan Leaf cost $29,483.
Covell turn lanes
City council members this week approved a supplemental appropriation of almost $3.2 million to pay for left-turn lanes on Covell Road at Santa Fe Avenue and Bryant Avenue intersections.
Construction costs, utility work and easements exceeded the original estimate of $1.5 million for the project. Both are considered short-term improvements, because Covell Road is expected to be turned into a four-lane parkway throughout the city.
Easements and utility work have been completed for the future parkway project, which also added to the cost, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. Money will come from a special tax approved in 2000 for capital improvements.
It's a fact
About 2 million Americans live with limb loss and limb difference and more than 50 Americans lose a limb every day. Also, 1,000 babies are born each year in the United States with congenital limb difference. Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss followed closely by trauma, according to a proclamation Mayor Charles Lamb signed this week recognizing April as National Limb Loss Awareness Month.
Edmond Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.
Edmond Elections: Vote for a mayor and on two propositions dealing with the rezoning questions to allow an upscale shopping center. Read about the details in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Reader Jane Frame asked: "Are there any plans to replace the Cash Saver, former Homeland, at Edmond Crossing Shopping Center with another supermarket? I have spoken with a number of people who miss the convenience of a grocery store in this area of southeast Edmond."
Planning Director Randy Entz answered: "I haven't heard of anything and there haven't been any permits pulled for something to go in that location."
Reader Pete Holcomb asked: "Why don't they re-stripe the northbound exit ramp at Interstate 35 at Second Street so westbound have one lane and eastbound have a lane? There seems to be plenty of room for two lanes there. Traffic backs up there. Eastbound traffic rides on the shoulder to not wait for the light to turn green. Westbound traffic will stop in the middle of the ramp making eastbound traffic difficult to get around."
Lisa Shearer-Salim, Oklahoma Department of Transportation public information manager, answered: "The northbound I-35 off-ramp to Second is designed and built for a single lane of traffic. While the existing shoulder might appear as a second lane, it's only there for emergency purposes. It is not designed for live traffic, which could cause pavement failure of the shoulder over time and why it is not slated for additional striping. We are continuing to monitor this high-traffic ramp for safety, congestion and traffic volumes, but adding capacity to the ramp is not in the plan at this time.
"An example of a similar situation addressed by the department last year is the northbound I-35 off-ramp to State Highway 33 in Guthrie, which was rebuilt to accommodate traffic. That ramp is now paved for two lanes of traffic, which includes a turn lane to eastbound on 33. Similar changes will be made to the northbound I-35 off-ramp to Waterloo Road near Edmond in an upcoming interchange project."
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