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June 4, 2014

Commission turns down apartments’ rezoning request

EDMOND — A developer’s request to rezone 20.29 acres of property zoned as open display commercial and high density multiple family to allow a second phase of the 1201 Apartments was rejected Tuesday by the Edmond Planning Commission.

The vote was 1-4 with commissioner Kenneth Wohl casting the yes vote. This action applies to property located east and north of Covell Village Drive, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.

Covell & Kelly Group LLC and Enclave Apartments Covell Village LLC requested the planned unit development be amended for multiple-family purposes.

Several nearby residents including the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance complained the rezoning would be burdensome to traffic on Covell. Others said the plan would further minimize the city’s availability of commercial property development.

The second phase proposed for the project includes 160 units, Schiermeyer said. Phase 1 on the 1201 Apartments contains 141 units.

“To put that in context, if you go to Stonebridge, south of 33rd and west of Boulevard, there are 991 apartments there,” said Randel Shadid, representing the developer. “And they all access Boulevard with ingress and egress. I’m not aware of any significant issues there.”

Wohl said he lives near the Villas at Stonebridge apartments and has not seen any inordinate traffic congestion caused by the population density.

Traffic will impact the Covell area no matter if the second phase of 1201 Apartments is developed or the property remains zoned for commercial use, Shadid said.

No one has stepped forward to show any interest in developing the property for commercial use in the 10 years the developer has owned the property, Shadid said.

Approval of the item by the City Council would give the developer a step forward in second phase development of the 1201 Apartments. Formerly known as the Enclave Apartments, the 1201 Apartments remain under construction after a fire destroyed the first construction attempt in 2009.

The Edmond City Council voted 5-0 in April to continue the rezoning request from open display commercial and high density multiple-family planned unit development to multiple-family zoning.

There will be a minimum 130-foot setback from the right-of-way of Covell Village Drive to the first building in the apartment development.

Shadid said there will be no driveway access from the apartment development to Covell Village Drive.

“Access to Covell and Kelly will be through the commercial areas,” Shadid said.

Commission Chairman Barry Moore said he would prefer if the apartments would be built with more stone and less wood.

“The notion that this land is commercial and the people who live there run the risk of having commercial behind their homes — it’s not going to be a slaughter house or a feed lot,” Moore said. “It’s going to be something they can live with.”

Each of the homeowners were consistent in their message that they built their home expecting commercial development on the 20.29-acre property, Moore said. There must be a better way to do business in Edmond than to rezone against the homeowners’ long-standing expectations based on what they were told when they bought their property, Moore said.

“I just don’t think it is right. I think it is wrong,” Moore said.

The Edmond City Council will consider the item on June 14, Moore said.

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