Future unclear for planned manufactured home park
EDMOND — The controversial manufactured home park planned for just outside the Edmond city limits is dead in the water after the state Supreme Court declined to hear a case trying to revive it.
So what else could be done with the land?
It could be developed as a manufactured home park.
County Commissioner Brian Maughan said there is nothing to stop the Colorado owner-developer from seeking another special use permit to proceed with work on the south side of Waterloo, west of Coltrane Road. He did not say whether a new permit would be considered.
Stonetown Edmond LLC, belonging to Stonetown Capital in suburban Denver, bought the land with the neighborhood already under development two years ago. Work stopped when neighbors took Stonetown to court.
At issue in the case against the park was the original permit, issued in 1985, which the state Court of Criminal Appeals found had expired after a year because work had not started on it. That court ordered the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners to declare the permit void. The developer appealed but the Supreme Court let that decision stand.
Maughan, vice chairman of the county board, said Friday that commissioners had not yet voided the 34-year-old permit, but will. He said a request for a new permit would go first to the county Planning Commission, as usual, then to the Board of Commissioners.
It would not be considered without renewed controversy among homeowners in the adjacent neighborhood.
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Representatives of Stonetown did not respond to a request for comment.
Absent a new permit for a manufactured housing development, what might be done with the land? The 41 acres is likely prime property for a development of some kind. The area was remote in the 1980s. Since then, the area has attracted upscale housing — the source of complaints against Stonetown's development.
Now? "It's just a real estate deal. What's the highest and best use for that property? It's a good piece of property," said David Chapman, professor of real estate at the University of Central Oklahoma, developer, broker, state real estate commission member and Edmond City Council member.
It probably will be housing, not as upscale as the immediate neighbors' homes, with higher density than they probably prefer, "but not manufactured housing," he said. "They're probably not going to like it."
The owner could go that route, Chapman said, or find a buyer interested in the value added by the infrastructure already completed, with hope of recouping the investment. Stonetown has sunk $2.74 million into the development, court records show.
Janet Yowell, director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority, said she hopes to see a "complementary" neighborhood go in, with homes comparable to the neighbors'. Some commercial development along the Waterloo Road frontage would not be surprising, she said.
She said she also hopes the case prompts the county to search its planning records in case other old permits linger.
"They don't need to be there that long," Yowell said.