Arcadia Lake development moves forward

Edmond council members ask for a memorandum of understanding in an effort to move forward with future development at Arcadia Lake. The development would be include a marina at the lake.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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— City council members this week took one of the first steps toward getting a marina at Arcadia Lake.

Members of the council asked the city staff to prepare a memorandum of understanding with Orion Development for possible future development at the lake.

The decision came after a Feb. 24 workshop with David Jones, president of Orion Group, who was asked in 2004 by city officials to come up with plans for developing Arcadia Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake that is leased and operated by the city of Edmond.

The latest plans presented to the city council include a maximum of 80 boat slips, a marina, cabins and an extended-stay motor coach and RV park. Secondary development projects would be lake housing, specialty lodging, restaurants and a corporate retreat based upon interest and need.

City leaders have to decide if they are willing to enter the public/private partnership with Jones and Clay Coldiron, both of Edmond, who want to develop the shoreline. The Corps of Engineers also would be part of the agreement.

Private money is available to develop Arcadia Lake, Jones said.

Jones told the council he wants to have an understanding where he feels comfortable to move forward with more in-depth plans.

“We want the council involved in the master plan process,” Jones said.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner said she has two concerns about the proposed project.

She doesn’t want to develop the lake that was built as a water resource and a recreational facility. She also doesn’t want the Arcadia Lake staff to be overworked.


by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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