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Rumble Lane not welcome in Edmond's Thunder Canyon

Streets in Thunder Canyon won't be named after Oklahoma City professional basketball players. Members of the Edmond City Council approved the preliminary plat without Rumble Lane, Westbrook Pass or Collison Court.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: April 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: April 10, 2013

— There will be no Durant Drive, Rumble Lane, Westbrook Pass or Collison Court in Thunder Canyon, Edmond's new housing development on the east side of the city.

The project with 188 lots near Covell Road and Midwest Boulevard will not have any ties to Oklahoma City's professional basketball team.

The 140-acre preliminary plat went before the city council this week with streets named for players, owners and the executive manager.

The names on the approved plat are going to change, because basketball officials said it isn't going to happen.

“I had to promise the lawyers we would not use the Thunder players' names,” said Randel Shadid, attorney for the developer, Dodson Properties 2.

His comment made some people smile, even some of those who attended the meeting to oppose the controversial development.

Nearby neighbors aren't smiling about the new housing addition.

Redbud Canyon housing addition is located to the east of the proposed development. The city's Coffee Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is to the south. The land to the west is undeveloped. A row of houses facing Covell Road is to the north.

One of the opponents' major concerns is the density of homes to be built on the 140 aces.

Thunder Canyon will be served with city water and sewer, which allows for more houses than can be built on acreages with water wells and septic tanks, said Councilwoman Victoria Caldwell.

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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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