EDMOND — A developer wants to build 285 apartments near Second Street and Saints Boulevard. Nearby property owners are adamantly opposed to multifamily housing in their neighborhood.
More than 100 people from the Arbor Creek development appeared at the Edmond Planning Commission meeting this week to complain about the proposed development by Summit Property Development.
Planning Commission Chairman Barry Moore stopped the discussion, suggesting the two sides talk again. A meeting will be held between the two sides of the issue before it goes back before planning commissioners May 7.
Both sides agreed they are willing to continue talking but are worlds apart on the question of apartments going up on the property.
Todd McKinnis, attorney for the developer, said, “Whatever it looks like it will have some kind of multifamily. We do not mind talking, but we were not having any constructive dialogue.”
Planning commissioners earlier received petitions against the development signed by 94 percent of the 109 property owners, said Natalie Burns, spokeswoman for the homeowners. Many of them thought there would be commercial development near their homes.
“We are 100 percent against apartments,” Burns said.
The Arbor Creek housing addition is still growing and has space for 166 single-family homes and 78 townhomes.
Nearby property owners also are concerned because Saints Boulevard, which intersects with Second Street, would be the only way in or out of the housing addition and the apartment complex.
Kelly Work, an Oklahoma City attorney representing the homeowners, called the situation unreasonable.
“In case of an evacuation, there is a safety issue,” Burns said.
There is a verbal agreement between Summit Property Development and the owner of 40 acres to the north that when the northern property is developed there would be a road to Danforth for connectivity, McKinnis said.
The developer's traffic study, required by the city, shows Saints Boulevard and Second Street can handle the traffic from the houses and the proposed apartments, McKinnis said.
Summit Property Development is asking to rezone 22.59 acres from a planned unit development to a C-3 high-density multifamily residential.