NORMAN — City council members Tuesday will consider approving a contract with a Kansas architectural firm to design a new animal welfare center.
The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.
Tevis Architectural Group, of Lenexa, Kan., was the top-ranked respondent to a call for proposals for the $402,000 design contract, City Manager Steve Lewis said.
If a contract is approved, the firm would design an expansion and renovation of the city's animal shelter at 3428 Jenkins Ave., increasing space from 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
Voters approved a $3 million, five-year general obligation bond issue in November to fund the renovation and expansion project.
The proposed contract with Tevis calls for design and bidding services to be completed in 10 months or less.
Construction is expected to take about 10 months.
Car sales request withdrawn
Originally on the agenda for Tuesday was a request from Hudimax Holdings to change the land use designation and rezone property on N Interstate Drive between Robinson Street and Rock Creek Road to build a car dealership. But the corporation has announced it is withdrawing and terminating the land use and rezoning requests.
The corporation had proposed construction of a dealership on about seven acres that back up to the Dove Crossing housing addition. Residents staged protests and turned in petitions at city hall objecting to the project, contending it would create traffic, noise and lighting problems for their neighborhood.
Attorney Sean Rieger, who represents Hudimax Holdings, said the corporation has abandoned plans to build at that location.