A neighborhood connections meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., July 9 concerning Walmart’s proposal to construct a new neighborhood market at the northwest corner of Covell and Coltrane, said Ed Moore of the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance.
In the early stages of planning, plans have yet to be reviewed by the Edmond Planning Commission or the Edmond City Council.
A letter was sent out to area residents from the Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard Law Firm in Oklahoma City, informing residents of the meeting date.
“I don’t know enough about it, but I understand they’re going to be doing a lot of the roadwork themselves,” said Moore, a resident of Asheforde Oaks.
The Edmond City Council turned down a previous proposal by MGV to develop the corner mainly due it being premature before roadwork is completed on Covell. The City of Edmond has plans to further widen Covell and continue the parkway with four lanes extending east from Fairfax Lane to Interstate 35.
City Manager Larry Stevens said the estimated cost of the project is about $10 million. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will be providing about 50 percent of the cost, he added.
Increasing roadway infrastructure needs are not going to go away on that portion of Covell. A new McDonald’s restaurant is proposed for the southwest corner of I-35 and Covell. Also, a new public high school will be constructed in six years on an 80-acre site located on the southeast corner of Air Depot and Covell.
Further development on Covell will include the construction of the $30-million Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center at the northwest corner of I-35.
Summit Sports is to be constructed this year on the northeast corner Covell and I-35 at a cost of $17 million, according to Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.
“Your opinion matters,” Susan Williams stated in the Asheford Oaks newsletter. “The items that were discussed last time this issue arose included traffic volume, turning-traffic safety, crime, overnight parking, external speaker systems, lighting, signs, delivery trucks, hours of deliveries, hours of operation, gas station, physical appearance, blowing trash, noise and odors to name a few.”
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