Edmond Exchange, Aug. 8
FedEx Ground has entered into a lease agreement for a new distribution center on N Lincoln Boulevard, just outside the Edmond city limits near 33rd Street and Kelly Avenue.
The more than 269,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in July 2018.
The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers' distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees, said Nikki Mendicino, FedEx Ground spokeswoman.
The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.
Since 2005, the company has opened 15 new hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities.
"Exact staffing needs have yet to be determined, but the facility will employ a mix of full- and part-time employees," Mendicino said. "We will add to the workforce as necessary to support increased demand for service in the area."
Supper Club 76, a company that prepares slow cooker meals in a 10-pack meal kit box, was originally located in Kingfisher, but is now a client of Edmond's Launch Pad FT Business Incubator, a place serving the needs of entrepreneurs starting a new venture as well as owners of early stage companies facing struggles in today's economic environment. Each month Supper Club 76 offers a different meal kit box with 10 new prepared recipes, as well as the slow cooker liners. A meal kit contains all the sauces, spices, and vegetables that go into the slow cooker with the meat or a meat substitute the customer provides to create an entree. To order and more information, go to www.supperclub76.com.
New leader in town
Chris Goodwin, Edmond Fire Department's chief, recently started his new job the day after he left the Oklahoma City Fire Department after 24 years, one month and 13 days.
Goodwin was a deputy fire chief for retiring Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant, who also retired the same week after more than 35 years. Bryant, who was Oklahoma City fire chief for 12 years, is now the head of the U.S. Fire Administration in Washington, D.C.
The pair had worked together since Goodwin was a driver.
"I learned so much," Goodwin told Bryant at a reception in Oklahoma City where four members of the Edmond Fire Department attended. "There were lots of laughs."
Goodwin called the end of his Oklahoma City chapter and the start of a new one in Edmond "bittersweet."
"The last 24 years, I have enjoyed it and all the relationships. I am going to miss that," Goodwin said. "I'm excited to start a new chapter in my career in Edmond. I am looking forward to that."
Two new buildings
Central Edmond Urban District Board recently recommended for approval a site plan for two new downtown buildings for retail, restaurant, office and living space.
Developer Brandon Rader, with Rader Building Co., wants to build The Campbell, a mixed-use project north of Campbell Street, west of Jackson Street and south of Edwards Street with parking between the two buildings.
One building would be three stories with 39,954 square feet that would include 36 apartments and would face Edwards Street.
The second building is planned to be four stories and 43,203 square feet. Rader wants to build retail and restaurant space on the first floor and apartments and offices on the second and third floors. The fourth floor would be for a restaurant.
Plans are for 50 multifamily residential units with 27,764 square feet of retail, office and restaurant space in area that is zoned Downtown Residential District.
Frustrated downtown property owners and merchants attended the meeting requesting that no more building permits be issued in downtown Edmond until the ongoing stormwater flooding problems are corrected.
"We have no objection to the development," Randel Shadid, attorney of downtown property owners, wrote in a letter to the planning department. "However, we insist on the strict adherence to drainage and detention standards since two acres of grassland will now be impervious surfaces."
Shadid, who also owns downtown property, wants any increase in runoff to be addressed.
City officials said they have been working on the stormwater project since 2015 when council members agreed to spend $2.6 million for the design work and construction.
City council members will make a final decision on the site plan for The Campbell at its Aug. 14 meeting.
Rader said the apartments will be rented by the unit, not by the bedroom. The size of a one-bedroom unit will be around 700 square feet and rent for about $900 a month.
It's a fact
Edmond Public Schools Superintendent Bret Towne said he is excited about the Digital Conversion Pilot Program which will provide students initially in the third and eighth grades with digital content, training and a learning management system. The four-year program will drastically change what and how children are learning in the classroom, he said.
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