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Edmond Exchange, June 10

This is an updated photo taken this month of construction on Edmond’s $37 million conference center and hotel near Covell Road and Interstate 35. Plans are for the center to be open later this year. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

This is an updated photo taken this month of construction on Edmond’s $37 million conference center and hotel near Covell Road and Interstate 35. Plans are for the center to be open later this year. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Waiting on answer

Local transportation officials expect an answer next week from developer Mark Ruffin whether Edmond's public bus system will continue to stop at the Social Security office in northeast Oklahoma City.

Ruffin and his partner Nick Preftakes approached Edmond's Citylink bus system in 2013 for public transportation to the building they constructed on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue, the home of the new Social Security office. The developers said federal regulations required the Social Security office to provide public transportation.

City Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell said the city has been told by Ruffin that is no longer a federal requirement.

Last year, Ruffin paid $26,020 for the Edmond bus to stop in Oklahoma City. Edmond officials recalculated the cost this year to include actual costs, indirect expenses and depreciation costs and came up with $64,646 they wanted Ruffin to pay.

After Ruffin requested only two daily stops, Caldwell, chairman of the public transportation committee, said the cost would be $44,214.

In 2013, Ruffin paid the city $63,600 to provide the Social Security office with public transportation after failing to come up with a deal with Oklahoma City's bus system.

The cost was $1,000 a month plus a one-time payment of $50,000. The remaining $1,600 was for reprinting the bus schedules.

Learning leadership

Applications are being accepted for the next session of Leadership Edmond, a leadership development program designed to provide community leaders with a deeper understanding of issues affecting the Edmond area. The program begins with a two-day retreat in August focusing on community leadership skills and team building. The remaining eight one-day sessions will be once a month, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will focus on topics such as city government, education, state government and volunteerism. To apply, go to www.edmondchamber.com.

Houses recommended

Planning commissioners recommended this week the rezoning of property on the northeast corner of Sorghum Mill Road and N Kelly Avenue, to allow for a housing addition with no more than 45 lots.

City council members will make a final decision on whether to rezone the 12.03 acres from commercial planned unit development to a residential planned unit development, a request by Spectacular Homes, LLC-Rabbit Ridge PUD.

The development will have private streets, a gated entry monument, sidewalks, common parking areas and possibly golf cart access to Oak Tree golf course and clubhouse recreational facilities.

Developers want to construct a place for people who wish to downsize without sacrificing quality. The minimum lot will be 5,500 square feet and minimum livable space per unit will be 1,500 square feet.

It's a fact

Edmond's multifamily occupancy rate is 93 percent. The average rent ranges from $520 for a one-bedroom, one-bath to $1,116 for three bedrooms and two baths. That is an average rent from 79 cents to 96 cents per square foot. The average square footage is from 655 to 1,217, according to the Edmond Economic Development Authority's 2017 Edmond Economic Abstract.

What's happening

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

Edmond Live Chat on NewsOK.com is at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Need answers?

Reader Jeri Meredith asked: "Why, after all the years of the left-turn signals coming on first, has it been changed for the through traffic to go first? The light I'm talking about is at Edmond Road and Kelly Avenue, although I've seen it elsewhere. I've seen this come close to causing accidents. Today, three cars made it through the left-turn light before it changed, then three cars ran the red light. I had to wait through two lights before I could go. When traffic is heavy the left-turn lane backs up into the through lane holding up cars that make dangerous moves to try to make the light. Edmond traffic is bad enough. Please fix this problem."

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: "The through traffic at this and all major intersections is what causes the most traffic delays. The left turn coming on after the through movement is a lagging left turn. As you can imagine, if the majority of the straight through traffic can get through the intersection first, with the flashing left yellow arrow on at the same time, in the event there is no opposing traffic, then the intersection functions more efficiently. As always, motorists should only turn left when allowed or permitted, and only if they feel safe to do so when it is not a green arrow."

Reader Jack Sweeney asked: "OnCue is building a large complex on the land south and across the street from the Walmart on Interstate 35. Do you know of any other buildings that will be built next to OnCue? Looks like there is more pads being built."

City Planner Randy Entz answered: "There are two lots west of the new OnCue on 15th Street. At one time, before I joined the city, a bank was planned on one of the lots, but there haven't been any building permits applied for on either."

Have questions about Edmond and its road construction, the hotel and conference center, traffic, new capital improvement projects or anything else? Email your questions to dbaldwin@oklahoman.com. Edmond Exchange will find an answer.

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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 ›

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