The Edmond Planning Commission agreed this week to rezone the northeast corner of Lincoln and Broadway from single family to suburban office. The vote was 4-0.
“Single family does not seem appropriate. Multifamily has been discouraged,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. “There are a couple spots of multifamily but we prefer duplexes in this area.”
Planning for retail would be premature for the area, Schiermeyer said, because the charitable HOPEfully Yours resale shop is nearby the McWilliams property.
The Central Edmond Urban Development Board recommended approval of the item on Sept. 10. Alley and sewer line improvements would be needed with the suburban office.
Applicant David McWilliams of Guthrie said he would like to provide suitable office space for attorneys. Nobody showed any interest when he tried to sell his property for single family or multifamily purposes, he said.
“We have some professional friends, lawyer and counselors, who we went to school with in Edmond that would like to move back,” McWilliams said. “So, we saw this as an opportunity to make some small offices with parking either on Lincoln or in the rear.”
His parents moved to Edmond in 1944. His children and grandchildren continue to live in town and attend school in here, he said.
“When I get too old to farm I’ll be moving back to town again,” McWilliams said.
New duplexes set nearby have not disturbed the area, he said. Low volume traffic would result from his office development without disturbing the neighborhood, McWilliams added.
“There’s a lot of blank property along Broadway there. We could beautify that quite nicely to make it look a lot better in that area,” McWilliams said.
The City Council will consider the item on Oct. 14.
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