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Developer will ask Norman City Council for high-density district

A Manhattan, Kan., developer wants the Norman City Council to consider establishing a special planning district near Campus Corner so he can proceed with plans to file a rezoning application for a high-rise apartment complex.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: October 23, 2012

— City council members Tuesday will consider a request from a Kansas developer to create a special planning area near Campus Corner to accommodate his plans to build a high-rise, high-density apartment complex.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Boyd St.

Chris Elsey, of Elsey Partners of Manhattan, Kan., said if the council approves the special planning area, his company will file a rezoning application that would detail plans for the project.

The project likely would be similar to a student-oriented one being built in Stillwater near the Oklahoma State University campus, Elsey said.

Elsey Partners is asking for a special planning district to be created for the block between Boyd Street and McCullough Street from Monnett Avenue to the Boyd Street railroad tracks.

The district would allow as many as 100 dwelling units per acre, well above Norman's current limit of 26 units per acre. Elsey Partners also is asking that the district allow buildings up to six stories in height.

City planners say they are recommending further discussion between the council, the planning commission and residents before a special district is created.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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