New construction in Edmond tops $67 million

Construction of three projects now underway in Edmond is expected to cost more than $67 million. The Public Safety Center and Summit Sports Complex are expected to be completed in 2015. The Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is scheduled to open Feb. 3.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: December 4, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: December 3, 2013

— More than $67 million worth of new construction now underway is expected to have a local and regional impact on Edmond, members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce were told Tuesday.

The new public safety center and the Summit Sports Complex are expected to be complete in 2015. The Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center, which will include the Mitch Park YMCA, is scheduled to open Feb. 3.

Taxpayers are paying $27.5 million for a public safety center, at First Street and Littler Avenue. It will house police headquarters, the 911 communication center and emergency management operations.

The Summit Sport Complex will be on the northeast corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35. Taxpayers purchased 19.35 acres for the sports complex for $2 million. Developers will pay $60,000 a year rent with the option to buy the land.

Construction and operation of the 155,000-square-foot building is a project by Summit Sports Management, a group of local businessmen. The price tag is $16 million.

The recreation and aquatic center is a partnership with the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA. The cost is over $24 million.

The project started at $22 million with the city and YMCA each putting in $6 million. The school's part was $10 million. Changes in construction raised the cost.

Public Safety Center

Assistant Police Chief Steve Thompson said dirt taken from the construction site filled 4,000 dump trucks.

“It is amazing to watch this,” Thompson said as he showed photos of the construction site on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue.

The basement runs the length of the 70,000-square-foot building and parking lot. The jail will take up a portion of the basement.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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