EDMOND — Sam's Club may be coming to Edmond, with a proposed location on Interstate 35 just north of the Walmart Supercenter at 15th Street and the interstate.
The first issue before the city is a request for a 500-square-foot sign that is 70 feet from the ground, which is larger than Edmond's code allows.
“It is too tall and too big,” City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said.
The store and fuel station, to be located on 15 acres in the southwest corner of Fox Lake Plaza, would have a 90-foot frontage onto the interstate. The code allows a 25-foot tall sign that is 60 square feet.
“The property is way off the road, and they think they need that big of a sign,” Schiermeyer said.
Fox Lake Lane is west of the proposed 138,000-square-foot box building that is proposed to have different elevations and insets in the design.
Planning commission members are expected to consider the sign variance at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave. City council members will make the final decision on the variance.
Zoning for the business on that property is already in place. A site plan for the building has not been turned into the city.
City Councilman Nick Massey is a promoter of business growth in Edmond.
“Economic growth in Edmond is great,” Massey said about the proposed Sam's store, the first of its kind in Edmond.
The property where Sam's may be located has been an issue for nearby property owners since more than a decade ago, when the Fox Lake Plaza Shopping Center was first proposed by developer Frank Battle.
The land has been bare for years, and mounds of dirt have been removed, causing property owners in Fox Lake housing continued problems.
A year ago, Jim Tapp, with Fox Lake Investments, purchased the land from Expressway Development, a company owned by Battle. Expressway Development was in bankruptcy because of two unpaid mortgages for the proposed Fox Lake Plaza.
“I am glad to see the property finished. It has been on hold for a long time,” Massey said. “I am glad to see some progress.”