EDMOND — Upset neighbors of a proposed commercial and duplex development near Oak Ridge Drive and Second Street left the city council meeting this week before all the votes on rezoning were cast.
More than 14 neighbors left the council chambers after the first vote, which was to change the city's zoning plan to allow for rezoning of the property. That was approved 4-1.
Council members went on to approve a request of The Hanson Family Trust to change the zoning from restricted commercial to a planned unit development. The Hansons want to build a 24,000-square-foot retail shopping center on 5.55 acres on the southern half of the property.
The developer also wants to build duplexes with 10 buildings and 20 units on 4.38 acres to the north in what is to be called Bradbury Station.
Windsong housing addition is located to the north and Mason Oaks housing addition to the northeast. Ridge Point housing addition, to the east, is a higher-density development than the proposed duplexes.
Neighbors accused the council of having financial and conflicts of interest with the Hanson family and their attorney, Todd McKinnis.
Council members denied having any interest with the family. Mayor Charles Lamb said there have been many times council members have recused themselves from a hearing and voting on a matter when there was a conflict.
Councilman Nick Massey said, “I have no ties whatsoever to their attorney, Todd McKinnis. I know Mr. McKinnis, where he has represented various clients before the city council. However, I have no personal ties to him.