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Officials urge talks between Edmond property owners, developer

Arbor Creek residents oppose the building of 285 apartments near Second Street and Saints Boulevard in Edmond. The developer wants the property rezoned so he can build the apartments.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: April 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm •  Published: April 4, 2013

— A developer wants to build 285 apartments near Second Street and Saints Boulevard. Nearby property owners are adamantly opposed to multifamily housing in their neighborhood.

More than 100 people from the Arbor Creek development appeared at the Edmond Planning Commission meeting this week to complain about the proposed development by Summit Property Development.

Planning Commission Chairman Barry Moore stopped the discussion, suggesting the two sides talk again. A meeting will be held between the two sides of the issue before it goes back before planning commissioners May 7.

Both sides agreed they are willing to continue talking but are worlds apart on the question of apartments going up on the property.

Todd McKinnis, attorney for the developer, said, “Whatever it looks like it will have some kind of multifamily. We do not mind talking, but we were not having any constructive dialogue.”

Planning commissioners earlier received petitions against the development signed by 94 percent of the 109 property owners, said Natalie Burns, spokeswoman for the homeowners. Many of them thought there would be commercial development near their homes.

“We are 100 percent against apartments,” Burns said.

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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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