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Edmond council narrows ideas for downtown study

Council members want a study of downtown and its future development. Edmond officials meet this week to determine the focus of the study.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 29, 2012
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Development of downtown Edmond, including multimodal transit, will be the focus of a new study sought by the city council.

Council members met this week in a workshop to narrow the focus of what they want consultants to focus on in the study. They have budgeted $300,000 over the next two years for the study and are ready to begin their search for consultants after the first of the year.

One area council members want to look at is establishing a Citylink Transfer Center on Third Street on land owned by the city. They want the study to consider development for commuter rail and other transit possibilities.

City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said, “This is not a full transit-oriented development plan, but the consideration of the appropriate location criteria needs to be part of this study.

The study also would look at development options for city-owned buildings in downtown.

The city is the largest owner of property in the downtown area. City officials said that after the completion of the public safety building, options and recommendations regarding land use possibilities are needed.

Another target area of the study would be development at Fifth Street and Broadway, which might be the focal point of the downtown area and include a traffic light.

The purpose of the study is to determine what areas will be addressed and in what manner.

“From an economic standpoint you have to have a plan,” said Councilman Nick Massey. “No developer is going to make an investment without knowing.”

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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