Edmond Exchange

Edmond Exchange, a weekly column about the happenings in the city.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: September 18, 2013 at 9:37 pm •  Published: September 19, 2013
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Construction of Edmond's first designated bicycle lanes is almost finished along University Drive between Second Street and Chowning Avenue.

Work on the striping and placement of the signage was being completed this week.

University Drive was made into a two-lane road with a center turn lane and a bike lane on each side of the road. The project, including resurfacing, cost $697,054.

The project was recommended as part of the bicycle master plan adopted in November. The plan suggested 146.2 miles of paths, bike lanes and marked areas for people to ride bicycles throughout the city.

A celebration of the city's first designated bicycle route is planned from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Plans for that day are to close University Drive, west of Washington and south to Ayers, so people can ride their bicycles or scooters or walk along the new roadway, said Jan Ramseyer Fees, a bicycle enthusiast and city planner.

There will be a ribbon cutting, music, displays about the city's trails and healthy food, she said.

New housing addition

Preliminary and final plats for 28 new single family homes on 57.91 acres were approved this week by Edmond planning commissioners.

Kanaly Properties Inc. proposes to build the Grand Timber housing addition west of Midwest Boulevard on the north side of Coffee Creek Road. The lot sizes are 90,000 square feet on streets that are expected to be private.

One neighbor, Chris Moore, said he was concerned about water runoff from the new addition and requested a fence between his property and the development.

Earnest Isch, representing Richard Kanaly's company, said the drainage would be in compliance with city code. He said the fence would be a decision between Moore and his new neighbors.

City council members are scheduled to make a final decision on the plats during their Oct. 14 meeting.

Home sales on the rise

Homes sales for August and the year are up 13.35 percent from 2012.

In August, 428 homes sold for $109,653,958, an average price of $256,201. Last August, 397 homes sold for $99,109,947, an average price of $249,647.

So far this year, 2,920 homes have sold for $744,311,811, an average price of $254,901. For the same period a year ago, 2,575 homes sold for $635,342,747, an average price of $246,639.

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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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