EDMOND — Traffic, water pressure and renters in the neighborhood were among concerns expressed this week by 14 residents who oppose a commercial and duplex development near Oak Ridge Drive and Second Street.
The Hansen Family Trust wants to change the zoning from restricted commercial to a planned unit development so it can build a 24,000-square-foot retail shopping center on 5.55 acres on the southern half of the property.
The developer also wants to build duplexes with 10 buildings and 20 units on 4.38 acres to the north in what is to be called Bradbury Station.
Council members voted 2-2 on the planned amendment. Council member Darrell Davis was out of state on personal business.
“This goes nowhere,” Mayor Charles Lamb said after the split vote.
Todd McKinnis, attorney for the trust and Leonard Hanson, asked that the application be heard at the Feb. 11 city council meeting when all members are presented. Council members agreed.
Windsong housing addition is located to the north and Mason Oaks housing addition to the northeast. Ridge Point housing addition, to the east, is a higher-density development than the proposed duplexes, City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said.
“This residential development is less dense with less traffic,” McKinnis said. “We are trying to do what is the least impact.”
The duplexes are expected to rent for $1,500 to $2,000 a month.
Without the zoning change, the entire 9.93 acres could be developed as commercial, which McKinnis said would create more traffic.
The neighbors complained about Oak Ridge Drive, which they said at 19 feet wide is too narrow and has deep bar ditches on each side. They said turning onto Second Street from Oak Ridge is always a problem. A typical city street is 22 feet wide.
“When school buses come, you have to stop,” said Nancy McCoin, 3901 Nora Drive. “The main problem is Oak Ridge.”
Von Spears, 3808 Mason Oaks, complained that Oak Ridge Drive is not built to code. He said he is concerned that building more housing in the area will create problems with water flow.
In addition to the rezoning request, Hansen asked that council members amend the Edmond zoning plan to allow for the duplexes and commercial development.