The Edmond Sun

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August 17, 2012

Council OK’s driveway variance for new grocery

EDMOND — A variance for a driveway for the Bridges of Spring Creek was approved by the Edmond City Council this week with a 4-1 vote.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner objected to the variance due to elevation changes from 15th Street to the project. The plan was approved six years ago and nothing has changed since then, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing Sooner Development.

The plan calls for an eastbound left turn lane on 15th Street into the main driveway, Shadid said. There already are two lanes exiting onto 15th Street going west. Traffic studies show a right turn lane for westbound traffic will not be needed, said Steve Manek, city engineer.

“I think we’re putting a lot on this section of road,” Waner said.

An existing driveway providing access to Chappelwood Financial Services will be signalized, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. Chappelwood’s driveway is about 50 feet east of the proposed driveway.

Sooner Development plans to provide a driveway access easement to Chappelwood at no cost to business owner Victoria Woods, Shadid said.

“I think we’re adding a lot of confusion to that intersection with people turning in and having to stop as they go downhill …,” Waner said.

An agenda item to discuss the plan on Tuesday has been continued to Sept. 4, Schiermeyer said. Action by the council was needed before the Edmond Planning Commission reviews the site plan, he said.

Planning Commissioners agreed earlier this month to amend a planned unit development to allow an 82,000-square-foot Reasor’s grocery store at the site next to Hafer Park.

The plan also includes three additional buildings with a 25,000-square-foot store, a 10,000-square-foot store and to the west will be a 10,800-square-foot store.

A Community Connections meeting concerning the item is set at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E. Main St.

The City Council is scheduled to review the site plan on Sept. 10.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 114

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