A special use permit to bring a 24-hour grocery store to the Bridges of Spring Creek will be considered Tuesday by the Edmond Planning Commission.
At issue is a six-year-old planned unit development slated for a department store north of 15th and Bryant. The PUD includes a grocery store.
Sooner Land Company’s PUD was extended by the City Council in 2011 for five years and the Bridges at Spring Creek Site Plan was extended for 12 months last August.
The location of the PUD drew thousands of signatures to put this development to a vote of the people in 2006, said Lydia Lee, former planning commissioner.
“This amendment results in a substantial change to the promises made to the citizens of this town,” Lee said.
SLC will request a specific use permit for an 82,000-square-foot Reasor’s grocery store on 9 acres in the southeast portion of the 25-acre PUD, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
“There will be a drive-through window for the pharmacy on the southwest corner of the building,” Schiermeyer said. “With this PUD amendment, the three additional buildings would include a 25,000 square foot store, a 10,000-square-foot store and to the west will be a 10,800-square-foot store.”
All of the buildings would not exceed 127,000 square feet, according to the SLC proposal.
“Gone are the ‘upscale’ retail establishments, the ‘upscale’ restaurants, and the ‘Utica Square’ atmosphere for this development,” Lee said. “My big hope because of these changes, is that they will schedule a Community Connections meeting.”
Former mayor Randel Shadid, representing the developer, said he will not agree to a Community Connections meeting, calling it a waste of everyone’s time. He will not agree to anything that would cost his client more money, Shadid continued.
Former Mayor Dan O’Neil said SLC’s new PUD request ignores all the promises made to Edmond residents by going for a more intense use of the property.
All the elements agreed to in former meetings have been incorporated into the new PUD, Shadid said. Zoning is always subject to being changed, he added.
“To put something on the voters like there’s something mystical about the fact that they approved what the City Council did is ridiculous,” Shadid said.
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