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Major resort planned at Lake Eufaula

Oklahoman Published: July 16, 2008
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys is planning to build a resort community on about 1,600 acres at Lake Eufaula.

Humphreys, chairman of Humphreys Real Estate Investments, started buying land at the lake last year for a project called Carlton Landing.

This week, Humphreys is bringing together experts in the field, including Miami, Fla.-based urban planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. The group, led by Andrés Duany, has developed more than 300 similar projects.

Government officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, homebuilders, real estate agents and others have been invited to participate. Humphreys said he is bringing stakeholders together to come up with the best plan.

"We're starting with a blank piece of paper," he said.

Lake Eufaula was created through the River and Harbor Act of 1946 and built for about $121 million.

Work began in 1956 and in 1964 the lake was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The lake is the largest in Oklahoma with 600 miles of shoreline. Residents at the lake now generally have to travel several miles into the city of Eufaula for any supplies.

Plans will likely include a grocery store and retailers that support living near a lake and limit car trips to town to retrieve basic items.

"We want to take everything that's good about a lake experience and preserve that," Humphreys said.

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