Some northeast Oklahoma City residents are concerned with oil-field equipment maker Kimray Inc.’s plans to build a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in their neighborhood.
Kimray has about 136 acres of land under contract on the northwest corner of E Britton Road and N Eastern Avenue to build a new headquarters and a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and a three-story, 90,000-square-foot office building. The land, currently zoned for residential development, has been owned by American Energy Partners LP founder Aubrey McClendon since 2005.
Kimray will ask the Oklahoma City Planning Commission on Thursday to approve changing the zoning on the land for industrial use. Six residents who live in the semi-rural surrounding area have filed letters of protest against Kimray’s plans to build in the area.
“This is a nice, quiet neighborhood and it doesn’t make sense to build a commercial factory out here that is running six days a week, 24 hours a day with lights and trucks and everything,” said Barney Kaminsky, past president of the Bartlett Neighborhood Association.
The land at E Britton Road and N Eastern Avenue is ideally suited for Kimray’s new home because it already has infrastructure in place such as electrical, sewer and water lines, as well as easy access to major roads, said Bob Cole, Kimray executive vice president and chief financial officer. The site also is near Kimray’s current home at NW 42 and Santa Fe Avenue, providing for minimal interruptions for Kimray’s roughly 850 Oklahoma City employees, he said.
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