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Edmond Exchange, May 6

New Crest coming

A site plan for a new, 106,565-square-foot Crest Foods, on the northwest corner of Sooner Road and Covell Road, was approved this week by the city's planning commission.

The new grocery store is to be built on 16.72 acres with 747 parking spaces.

David Box, attorney for Crest Foods, said the owners have been working close with the city staff because they wanted their proposal to meet and exceed city codes.

"I think we have done that," Box told the commission before the 4-0 vote. "I think we have a wonderful opportunity at this time with this site plan to move forward with this development.

"I think what we have is a wonderful project within code."

Chairman Barry Moore was absent from the meeting.

The building, to the west of the city's planned hotel and conference center, contains a flat roof and is 32 feet in height, with a maximum height of 42 feet on the front side, said City Planner Randy Entz.

Developers are putting in a traffic light at the main entrance to the grocery store on Sooner Road.

Chris Easley, who lives in the 3200 block of Lakeshire Ridge Way, said he was concerned about the view from his home. He wanted to know about the height of the fence and what kind of trees are going to be planted.

Muhammad A. Khan, an engineer for the project, said the building would be constructed on a lower grade with an 8- to 10-foot-tall retaining wall. There also will be 10-foot-tall trees planted in the back.

Nick Harroz, representing Crest, said his company was pleased with the planning commissioners' decision.

"We are continuing to move forward," Harroz said. He did not give a time frame on the construction or the opening of the store.

Arts festival downtown

The 39th annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival, sponsored by the Downtown Edmond Business Association, continues through 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. It opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Streets downtown will remain closed to traffic until about 9 p.m. Sunday. The CityLink Edmond Transfer Center at Festival Market Place will relocate to Fifth Street and Littler Avenue from Thursday to Sunday. Check locations at For more festival information and schedule, got to

Downtown lighting up

Edmond City Council recently approved spending $98,210 for design and engineering services to improve the lighting in downtown.

The Capital Improvement Project Advisory Board recommended the supplemental appropriation using the half-cent sales tax money approved last year for capital improvements.

Council members also agreed to hire HSE Architects to do the design and engineering services.

Lighting upgrades were recommended in the 2014 Downtown Master Plan, which stated, "It would create a stronger sense of place with the introduction of dynamic features and work to create a better defined nightlife."

City leaders have been working on lighting projects for about two years.

The project will include 44 light poles and lighting at the underpass which planners hope will be featured as the entrance to Edmond.

New fire chief search

The 10-member focus group in charge of helping locate a new fire chief met again recently. The group consists of five people from the community and five staff members. They are looking for a replacement for retired Fire Chief Doug Hall. Deputy Fire Chief Chris Denton was appointed the interim chief in mid-March, said City Manager Larry Stevens. Hall retired after 27 years with the department. He had been fire chief since Feb. 11, 2015. He was making $121,637 a year.

It's a fact

Edmond gets its water from Arcadia Lake and the Garber-Wellington Aquifer. The city has 53 water wells and more than 500 miles of distribution lines. When needed, Edmond purchases drinkable water from Oklahoma City.

What's happening

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

Edmond High School graduations will be May 13 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Edmond North High School seniors graduate at 10 a.m. followed by Santa Fe at 2 p.m. and Memorial at 6 p.m.

Need an answer?

Reader Lee Reeder asked: "We have a problem on our street, Bryant Avenue between Danforth and Covell roads. The speed limit is 45 mph. There is KickingBird shopping center and new CVS across the street. KickingBird and Rolling Creek housing additions are on the east side. The cars go very fast and there is lots of traffic. This makes it very difficult to get on Bryant. What is the best way to get the speed limit reduced? I know a traffic light would be out of the question."

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: "Stop lights are not used for speed control. I am not currently aware of a speeding problem in this area. Further to the north the lanes taper from four to three to two. If speeds are an issue, then we can contact the Edmond Police Department to see if they can provide enhanced enforcement in this area."

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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 ›