“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.