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Low-cost housing approved by Edmond City Council

The project would include 37 homes on 8 acres of land.
by Matt Patterson Modified: May 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm •  Published: May 16, 2013

— A proposed low-cost Edmond housing neighborhood with 37 homes will move forward.

City council members unanimously approved a zoning change from single-family housing to planned unit development near Fretz Avenue and Edmond Road. The Monday vote clears the way for construction to begin.

The homes will be built by Turning Point Ministries, a nonprofit organization that assists in the housing needs of people living in substandard conditions either by building a home or offering rental property.

The project would be the second such neighborhood in Edmond. The first was Legacy Station, a partnership of Turning Point Ministries, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and the city of Edmond. At the request of the council, Turning Point Ministries agreed to build a 6-foot cedar privacy fence along Fretz.

About 12 residents spoke out against the property during a May 7 meeting, and several more spoke in opposition Monday.

Edmond resident Stephanie Buzzard raised concerns about a water detention facility creating a mosquito hazard, but Mayor Charles Lamb said the facility would not contain standing water because of pilot channels that move the water out of the detention facility.

“The grading is such that it would clear out and there wouldn't be a standing water issue,” Lamb said.

Buzzard said she is concerned about the population density of the project.

“It's a wonderful project, and I wouldn't want to stand in the way of it going forward, but I'd like to see it scaled back a smidge,” she said. “I just feel like it's a little too dense.”

Construction is expected to begin during the first quarter of next year.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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