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Edmond votes to halt retail, residential project

Mayor City of Edmond

    Charles Lamb 6,309
    Saundra Gragg Naifeh 2,638

Proposition No. 1 City of Edmond

    Against The Proposition - No 5,960
    For The Proposition - Yes 3,272

Proposition No. 2 City of Edmond

    Against The Proposition - No 6,026
    For The Proposition - Yes 3,311

EDMOND — Voters agreed to rescind the city council's decisions to amend the land use plan and rezone property north of 15th Street and Bryant Avenue so the Shops at Spring Creek lifestyle center with up to 325 residential units could be developed.

"No" votes are 5,960 on proposition one, amending the land use plan, and 6,026 on proposition two. The "no" votes rescinded the council's actions and blocked the project from moving forward.

People cast 3,272 “yes” votes on proposition one, amending the land use plan, and 3,311 "yes" votes on proposition two, the rezoning question. The "yes" votes say voters agreed with the council's action so plans for the development could proceed.

"Our group of volunteers is very happy with the outcome of this election and relieved that the majority of the voters acted to protect this area of Edmond," said opponent Lydia Lee, a former planning commission member and local attorney. "We are so proud to have worked to bring this opportunity to the voters of Edmond to allow them to make this important decision."

Opponents, led by Dan O'Neil, a former Edmond mayor, and Lee, objected to the project because of the number of proposed apartments, additional traffic, parking and the effects on nearby E.C. Hafer Park.

Chamber members supported the development because it would bring about 800 new jobs to Edmond, an estimated $150 million investment that would help Edmond Public Schools with an increase in the Ad Valorem tax base, and the development would make Edmond a destination.

"The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, the Chamber will continue our work to be the voice for business in the Edmond area," said Sherry Jordan, Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

The two propositions ended up on the ballots as a result of referendum petitions circulated by opponents of the multistory building with underground parking.

The proposal features about 50 new retailers, a boutique theater and specialty grocery store.

Developer Poag Shopping Center of Memphis, Tennessee, has a contract to purchase Spring Creek Plaza and wants to acquire the 26 acres to the north as well to create a lifestyle center.

City council members on Nov. 14 amended the land use plan and rezoned the property at the request of the developer.

Mayor wins another term

Mayor Charles Lamb won another two-year term over an opponent who pulled out of the race in February.

Lamb received 6,309 votes while former Mayor Saundra Naifeh tallied 2,638 votes despite that she halted her campaign because of family reasons. Lamb got 70.52 percent of the votes.

Naifeh's name remained on the ballot because her announcement came too late for her to officially withdraw from the race.

"I look forward to continuing the good work in Edmond," Lamb said. "She had strong recognition and some are gender bias and I respect that."

Lamb, 70, was appointed mayor in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of resigning Mayor Patrice Douglas. In 2013, he was elected to a full two-year term that ended in May 2015 when he was re-elected again.

This was Lamb's ninth time to run for city office. He was the former Ward 3 councilman.

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