NICHOLS HILLS — It took a nip and tuck and whole different approach to the streets, but the first new neighborhood in Nichols Hills in a decade is well under way.
Developers of Glenbrook Park, on the north side of NW 63 between Pennsylvania and Grand avenues, are carving out 14 lots and two cul-de-sacs connected by a pedestrian-friendly greenbelt.
The developers — architect Jim Loftis, builder Kelly McNitt and investor Jack Golsen — got approval in September and wasted no time getting started. Streets were poured this week. Landscaping will be next, and McNitt said the five acres should be fully developed by early December.
Building will soon follow. Loftis said seven lots are reserved, two have prospective buyers and five remain available.
Loftis said real estate firm Kanela & Co. helped the developers navigate their plan through hard-to-satisfy Nichols Hills residents and city leaders at public meetings. Kanela & Co. also is marketing the lots for custom building starting at $295,000 for homes ranging from 3,100 to 4,200 square feet.
“We're not trying to build homes. We're just developing lots,” Loftis said, noting that a homeowners association is in place to maintain high construction and materials standards without crimping architectural styles.
He said Glenbrook Park gained approval because it will be less dense than a controversial plan, ultimately rejected by the city council last March — with 18 lots compared with Glenbrook Park's 14 — and because the cul-de-sacs will limit traffic. Density and traffic were two of residents' biggest concerns with the plan defeated last year.
“I'm a resident of Nichols Hills,” Loftis said. “At the meetings where all that was occurred, I attended and I thought surely there's a way, planning-wise, to solve this.”
Loftis said he was pleased to have a hand in developing the property. The land stood virtually vacant for years with just an old house that in recent years had been allowed to start deteriorating.
The developers paid $1.85 million for the land in March.
The plan rejected last year would have connected Glenbrook Terrace to the north on the east side, and to the south on the west side, with an S-shaped extension. Glenbrook Park has a green belt where the connecting street was located in the rejected plan.
“You could go play some croquet or throw a football around or something like that,” Loftis said.