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Edmond Exchange, May 20

Workers this week were tearing down the second building in Bryant Square, Second Street and Bryant Avenue. Kay Jewelers has applied for a building permit in a new building to be constructed at that location. [PHOTO BY DIANA BALDWIN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Workers this week were tearing down the second building in Bryant Square, Second Street and Bryant Avenue. Kay Jewelers has applied for a building permit in a new building to be constructed at that location. [PHOTO BY DIANA BALDWIN, THE OKLAHOMAN]


New businesses coming

Demolition crews were at work this week tearing down the third of four buildings that are coming down at Bryant Square shopping center, Second Street and Bryant Avenue.

The building demolished this week was the one where CiCis Pizza was located. Kay Jewelers has applied for a permit for a new building near that location.

Verizon Wireless and GNC, which sells vitamins, supplements, minerals and herbs, are listed on the Bryant Square website as being tenants in the same building. Those two companies haven't made contact with city planning officials for building permits.

In a third building to be constructed in the southern part of the parking lot, the website lists Salata, a salad bar with more than 50 toppings and 10 house dressings, to open there. Representatives have been in contact with planning officials, but have not applied for a building permit.

A demolition permit was issued Wednesday to tear down the building where Firestone was once located. Torchy Tacos and Five Guys are expected to be located in a building to be constructed in that location.

The first of four buildings to be torn down was razed in January as part of a massive renovation project.

A new building is being constructed just east of where Mackie McNear's Steakhouse once stood. PDQ restaurant is expected to open in the new building.

Work also continues to upgrade the store fronts. Last year, InvenTrust Properties Corp. invested more than $7.5 million in the 286,579-square-foot shopping center.

Traffic warning

The traffic signal at Covell Road and Bryant Avenue is being removed, and stop signs for all four directions are being installed. The changes are necessary to build the new roadway as part of the left-turn lane installation project. Once new signals can be installed, the intersection will return to a regular traffic signal pattern. The work to install turn lanes is to take four months. Work also is being done on Covell Road at Santa Fe Avenue. The road will remain open during construction. Temporary closures may occur to accommodate equipment. Motorists are encouraged to use alternative routes. Cimarron Construction Company is contractor for the project, which will cost nearly $2.6 million. The city is picking up the entire bill.

Splish splash

Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, 1034 S Bryant Ave., and the city's only splash pad, at Main Street and Kelly Avenue, will open Memorial Day weekend.

Pelican Bay will open at 11 a.m. May 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Holiday hours are noon to 5 p.m.

Barnett Splash Pad is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free.

It's a fact

Edmond's estimated population in 2016 was 91,743. The 2010 census number for Edmond was 81,405. The estimated 2016 population of Oklahoma County was 788,980 and for Oklahoma was 3.99 million. In the United States, the 2016 estimated population was 323 million, according to the Edmond Economic Abstract.

What's happening

Heard on Hurd, Edmond's monthly street festival, is from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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

Need an answer?

Reader Jon Holmes asked: "I hear a lot about the growth in Edmond, both in population and businesses. Does that population growth come mainly as a result of population density increasing with the city limits, or does Edmond grow much by the city annexing adjacent land?"

City Attorney Steve Murdock answered: "Our city limits have not grown by annexation, at least not in 30-plus years."

Reader Todd Stephenson asked: "Can you explain what Bluetooth capable special hardware would need to be included in a public restroom like the one being installed at Stephenson Park? How much extra did that add to the cost of construction?"

Parks and Recreation Director Craig Dishman answered: "As you had mentioned, we put these in our most recent and future restroom facilities. This allows us to lock, and unlock, on a timer. It also allows for the locks to be remotely operated. It cost about $3,500."

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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 ›