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Outlook 2013: Vision is grand for Edmond over next 20 years

Edmond’s future is already changing, with a $25 million public safety center scheduled to be built downtown, and development underway along Interstate 35.

by Diana Baldwin Published: April 28, 2013

EDMOND — Outlook for Edmond’s future in 20 years is beginning with drastic changes in the downtown landscape with the construction of a $28 million public safety center.

The 70,000-square-foot, three-story building, to be constructed on the southeast corner of Littler Avenue and First Street, is designed to complement other downtown buildings. This will be the largest building in downtown Edmond.

“I think there will be big changes downtown,” said Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic Development Authority executive director.

One of the bigger changes could take place if a mass transit system is created for the metro area. City leaders hope that one of the first spurs would be in downtown Edmond, she said.

The city owns land on the southwest corner of Edmond Road and Broadway that could become a train station and tie into downtown.

Yowell sees more residential possibilities in the downtown area and redevelopment along Broadway in what is known as the Broadway corridor, which runs from Ninth Street to Festival Market Place.

City leaders are working toward a plan to redevelop the city-owned campus, which would further change the landscape downtown.

“Edmond will have a vibrant downtown core with numerous urban housing options near mass transit facilities, many walkable services and retail options,” said Mayor Charles Lamb.

“The city and county government offices will provide anchor services to meet north Oklahoma County needs.”

Interstate 35 and Covell Road

Dirt is being moved on three corners of Interstate 35 and Covell Road. Francis Tuttle Technology Center, with a business incubator, is being constructed on the northeast corner.

A conference center, full-service hotel and a sports complex — both public-private partnerships — are in the serious planning stages.

“We don’t know how long it will take to build out,” said Yowell, who would like to see more offices spring up on the 28 acres around Francis Tuttle’s new building. “I-35 will look totally different in 20 years.”

She envisions retail, restaurants and additional hotels around I-35 and Covell Road and to the south along the interstate throughout Edmond.

City leaders think there will be a medical area near 15{+t}{+h} Street and the interstate in the future.

Development is already headed in that direction with the construction of the Integris Health Edmond, a $94 million hospital and office complex that opened in October 2011.

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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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