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Panel approves plans for new Oklahoma City Kimray campus

Some area residents are concerned about the potential for noise and traffic from the development.
by Brianna Bailey Published: April 11, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Planning Commission has approved oil-field equipment maker Kimray Inc.’s plans to build a new corporate headquarters at E Britton Road and N Eastern Avenue over the objections of some residents in the area.

Speaking before the planning commission on Thursday, Kimray CEO Tom Hill said the company had worked to address residents’ concerns.

Homeowners in the semi-rural area said they are worried about traffic from heavy trucks and three shifts of workers coming and going from the Kimray plant, as well as the potential for noise and pollution from the facility. The land, currently undeveloped, is zoned for residential use.

“We have tried to address every issue we can and make it an attractive campus that would improve the area,” Hill said.

Hill showed the planning commission a 3-D, computer-animated video demonstrating what the Kimray headquarters would look like from the road, illustrating a man-made hill that would be landscaped with trees and grasses to block out a view of the parking lot.

Although plans for the new Kimray campus include a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, residents in the area won’t be able to hear noise from the facility, Hill said.

“This is not a heavy-duty manufacturing plant — noise is a nonissue,” he said.

Kimray has about 136 acres owned by American Energy Partners CEO and Chairman Aubrey McClendon under contract for the new headquarters.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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