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Edmond Exchange, Aug. 12

Final work is being completedĀ on Edmond's new Harbor Freight building. The tool business is scheduled to open Aug. 29. [PHOTO BY DIANA BALDWIN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Final work is being completedĀ on Edmond's new Harbor Freight building. The tool business is scheduled to open Aug. 29. [PHOTO BY DIANA BALDWIN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Tool store to open

Edmond's new Harbor Freight, a retail supply store that specializes in tools, is scheduled to open Aug. 29 just east of Broadway and north of Comfort Drive. The store is on 2.31 acres just north of the south city limits. The 15,220-square-foot building is near completion. Work on the 82 parking spaces was taking place this week. There also will be five bicycle racks. Harbor Freight advertises it has sold quality tools at a discount price since 1977. Stores are in Oklahoma, Texas, California, New Mexico and Oregon.

New homes

Property on the southeast corner of Interstate 35 and Danforth Road is proposed to be the site for offices, single-family homes and townhomes on over 38 acres.

Planning commissioners this week recommended approval of a plan amendment and rezoning the property from general agricultural to a planned unit development with a vote of 4-1. Chairman Barry Moore voted no.

City council members will make a final decision Aug. 28 on the project, called Danforth Crossing.

The townhomes are like those in the Porches at Arbor Creek, located to the south of the proposed development, said developer Derek Turner, of Turner & Co.

The townhomes will be closer to the streets because they will be served by alleyways with garage access in the rear, Turner said.

The development will have a collector street, with no driveways, extending from Second Street north to Danforth Road. The collector street connection to Danforth will have a traffic signal which will align with the Sleepy Hollow Addition.

Of the four tracts, one will be 6.78 acres along the northern boundary and designed for suburban offices like those in Fisher Hall.

The second tract on the eastern portion of the site is 17.48 acres and will be used for the construction of single-family homes. This tract abuts to about 10 existing homes in the Arbor Creek at the Summit Addition. The residential portion of the development is about six units per acre.

Neighbors wanted a 20-to-30-foot buffer zone despite the developer's giving adjoining landowners 7 feet of his land that was originally miscalculated and now appears inside the Arbor Creek landowners' fence lines.

Neighbors also were concerned about traffic and wanted the developer to move the townhomes away from their homes.

Neighbor Bruce Carpenter requested city planners make sure the new homes are built to code to handle the earthquakes that are frequently occurring in Edmond. He said this development is only a mile from the epicenter of the 4.2-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 3.

Buses coming

Edmond transportation officials are expecting two new 22-passenger buses and two mini vans to be used for the paratransit service to be delivered on Monday. They have been waiting on the delivery since January.

The paratransit vans will accommodate two wheelchairs and three people.

"The new buses will replace older buses that are costing us so much," said Susan Miller, public transit coordinator. "Our vehicle maintenance should cut in half."

The new buses should be in service by the end of August or early September.

"We are real excited to get the buses," Miller said. "They are really neat and it was time for an upgrade. Our next bus will be a big bus."

The two buses cost $172,262. The cost was split with the state Department of Human Services Aging Services paying 85 percent and Edmond picking up the remaining 15 percent or $25,839.

The mini vans cost $76,928 with the city paying $11,539 of the cost.

Citylink, Edmond's public transportation service, runs six to seven buses daily.

It's a fact

Arcadia Lake is a relatively young body of water, opening in 1987. This lake was constructed as a cooperative effort between the city of Edmond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The normal elevation of Arcadia Lake is 1,006 feet. The lake has 1,820 surface acres and 26 miles of shoreline. Arcadia Lake serves as a flood control for the Deep Fork River Basin, supplies water to the city of Edmond and provides habitat for fish and wildlife and recreational and educational opportunities for the community.

What's happening

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

Deer Creek schools are back in session on Wednesday.

Edmond schools start Friday.

Need answers?

Reader D. Bruce MacPherson asked: "It seems there has been a lot of road repair and concrete replacement with the new road in the area of Covell and Sooner roads. Is this a result of defective materials or poor workmanship?"

City Engineer Steve Manek answered: "After the contractor was complete with the road widening in this area, several areas of concrete pavement developed some cracks. Before the city of Edmond would agree to accept the project from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation we requested all cracked pavement be removed and replaced. The contractor has been performing this work, and once completed and inspected the roadway will be the city of Edmond's to maintain. The cracks could have developed for several reasons, but the issue was to get the concrete removed and replaced which is what has taken place."

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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 ›