NORMAN — City council members Tuesday will consider a request to rezone property on Campus Corner to allow for construction of a high-rise apartment building.
Mark Risser and the B3 Development Group want the property's official use to be changed from suburban office/commercial designation to intensive commercial with a special-use permit for a mixed-use building.
Risser is proposing a six-story building that would cover a portion of the 600 and 700 blocks of Asp Avenue and the 400 block of Buchanan Street. The building would feature a parking garage on the lowest level, with retail shops on the first floor. The top four floors would be one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The project has been on the council agenda numerous times in the past, but each time action was postponed at the request of the applicant.
City officials said developers plan to move forward with their requests at Tuesday's meeting. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.
In a memorandum accompanying the requests for a land-use change and rezoning, Risser said his goal is to offer housing for people who prefer urban living and who want to be able to walk or ride bicycles most places.
“Our goal for this development is to bring added activity and life to the Campus Corner area and near the OU campus,” Risser said. The project is not aimed specifically at University of Oklahoma students, but rather at people who prefer to live in a pedestrian-friendly area, with easy access to shopping and restaurants, he said.
Current zoning ordinances don't address this type of high-rise development, although they are not specifically prohibited, planners said.
An ordinance setting guidelines for this type of project is being developed but is not ready for city council approval, Norman Planning Director Susan Connors said.