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Big-sized development starts in Edmond

by Diana Baldwin Published: January 10, 2014
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Plans are underway for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the southwest corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35.

This will be the first eating establishment in the 300-acre development on three sides of the intersection that includes a hotel, conference center and indoor sports complex.

Planning commissioners recommended approval of a site plan for a new 4,365-square-foot building with seating for 87 people. City council members will make a final decision at their Jan. 27 meeting.

McDonald’s asked for a variance to the city code for I-35 landscaping. Owners want to install 122 plant units in a 10-foot wide median on a new street called Market Street instead of putting the plantings on McDonald’s property.

Although Chairman Barry Moore approved the request, Moore said Wednesday he thinks McDonald’s is a large enough business that it could purchase enough plants for its property and the median and not have to ask the city for a variance.

“This is not a ma and pa burger place,” Moore said. “It is walking distance from a conference center. This is a prime location in Edmond.”

The new building will be constructed on a 37,728-square-foot lot with city utilities. Infrastructure on this site is almost complete.

The development is expected to include other restaurants, entertainment and retail. A new Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store also is in the plans, developers said.

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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