The Edmond Sun

October 3, 2012

Commission agrees to new construction

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Planning Commission agreed 4-0 to allow an office building and eight apartments to be built on the north side of Hurd, one-eighth mile west of the railroad tracks. Developer Steve Frakes had asked to rezone the half-acre of property from light industrial to a planned unit development.

“The idea is just to build and take advantage of the fitness area there and kind of build some basic town houses that look lofty … that basically appeal to either college kids or single families married with kids,” Frakes said.

The undeveloped land slopes north to the park-like setting of the downtown detention area and trail, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner. A city-owned parking lot is immediately to the east of land.

“Mr. Frakes has built the Old Towne Lofts project on Fretz,” Schiermeyer said. “So it will be a similar construction to that without the garages.”

Frakes has proposed a 900-square-foot office on the near the southeast corner property. Parking with four spaces would be diagonal along the street, Schiermeyer said. Drainage and landscaping with the site plan nearly completed, Schiermeyer said.

Homes are valuable for the area and open industrial is not encouraged. Retail commercial or a warehouse also would be appropriate, Schiermeyer said.

“It’s a little bit of a mixed area and they’re willing to build some multi-family next to the detention area,” he said.

Planning Commissioner Mark Hoose said he is usually reluctant to see the rezoning industrial property that is becoming scarce in Edmond. Hoose liked the area proposed for development in a mixed use setting.

“I think if somebody came in to do something slightly different, it would not necessarily be inappropriate for the area,” Hoose said. “So I think it is a good project.”

The City Council will consider the item Oct. 22. | 341-2121